I first shared this in 2014 not quite a month after Dominic ran ahead to heaven.
His leaving has made me much more aware that what we read as “stories” where we can turn to the last page and know the ending, others lived in real time, with no ability to fast forward to the ending.
It’s easy to be impatient with a heart barely holding onto hope and try to goad someone into “looking on the bright side” or hammer them with Scripture because “we know how this ends”.
But when you are walking barefoot over a path of sharp stones, you really can’t focus too much on the fact that it might not be as long as you think.
All you know is it hurts like hell right now.
When I read the Gospels it is tempting to mock those who refused to see that Jesus was bringing in a kingdom that would be so much better than the earthly one they expected from Messiah.
But they were living a day-to-day reality of hopelessness under Roman rule that made them ache for relief.
When life this side of heaven is more than you can bear, there is great tension in your soul to beg God for relief in this earthly life and to be a bit impatient with the idea of “all things working for good” in some distant future.
It doesn’t mean you don’t believe it, but it does mean that you carry a weight of sorrow.
So be patient with broken hearts and with those walking a broken path.
You might think declaring “Victory in Jesus” is helpful.
But it’s not.
Instead, hold a hand, call courage, choose to walk alongside.
In the end it’s endurance that’s the real victory and that is only possible when a heart can hold on.