The Couple-Tree

Monuments to everlasting love

We all dream of a world where there would be “no more tears”,
a world where people would live in peace and harmony,
specially these days of the pandemic.

And yet we see glimpses of such heaven around us
even in the face of all the disease and death we experience these days.
Nature has been renewed: fields are greener, skies are bluer,
and blooms are more exuberant and colorful.
We have seen the best in humans:
the courage and dedication of health workers,
the kindness and generosity of strangers to the needy,
the forbearance and fortitude of the poor and struggling.
People have gotten deeper in touch with their innermost being:
spirits renewed in the midst of sadness,
bonds strengthened in the face of adversity,
nobility of soul in spite of the losses and pain.

Yes, there is still a lot of pain and sufferings.
There is still a lot of greed, selfishness and pride in myself, in the world.
Could these pain and sufferings be signposts on our way to a new earth?

I pray:
” O Lord Jesus, you often speak about having to suffer.
May I have the courage to bear patiently the crosses that life sends me.
May I believe that unavoidable suffering, patiently and lovingly endured,
brings good to the world, as your death did.”

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