Helpful Focus in a Broken World

As I was sitting in my optometrist’s waiting room this morning, the brokenness of life came into focus once again. Mary (a fellow patient) and I talked about the weather — as Canadians often do — but we also talked about the tragedy that unfolded yesterday (Apr.23,2018) in Toronto; the city to which our community is “the country close to”.  Yesterday a troubled young man drove a van into more than two dozen pedestrians; killing at least 10 and injuring more than 15 others.  This scenario we would like to call unimaginable, but it has sadly been repeated many times in the last few years in different cities around the world. We talked about this for awhile and then we talked about something even closer to home.  Mary was visiting the Dr. because her eyesight is deteriorating.  Losing one’s eyesight is a personal terror not a public one.   It does not invoke national attention, but it is a great loss to the individual, and another powerful reminder that this life is not forever; that even a life which is blessed is also broken and deteriorating. Moments when the brokenness of life come into focus are sobering if not downright disheartening.  But… in the midst …

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