The gain of painTweet This
29 May, 2012
Soul Snack 85/12 ... The Odyssey
There is an odyssey of heartache that all will embark upon. This begins when their fresh birth-stained cheeks are slapped by a midwife or doctor. The entry to this world is with a cry.
Life will be learned, life will be gained and life will be pained. Loss will arrive and residues of past pains will stubbornly linger.
In a captivating autobiography of a stupor driven adulthood and his own drunken loss, Brennan Manning described being rescued by a stranger from a condominium floor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida –
"...he affirmed me in my emptiness, loved me in my loneliness and taught me in the wisdom of tenderness." #
While this sin scarred tramp reached out to another sin scarred tramp - grace was the conduit as Jesus' love flowed between two unknown and two uncared for men. One vagrant had brandished mercy with a flagrant disregard to a body and soul that knew no comfort.
In my pocket of life, my corner of existence - in my own odyssey through life there will be at least one pain I have received that will be a gain for another.
"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'(Mt 25:46)
# Brennan Manning - The Wisdom of Tenderness (San Francisco CA: HarperCollins 2004),105
Today’s Soul Snippet:
There will always be a path of righteousness to walk on any plain of pain.