beautiful and terrible things
"The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid." - Frederick Buechner
I love this Frederick Buechner quote. Partly because it sums up a good bit of my theology, and partly because it speaks to something that is so essentially true. "Here is your life" - there's a point to you being here. "Here is the world" - you have responsibilities to it. "Beautiful and terrible things will happen." "Don't be afraid."
Beautiful and terrible things will happen, and do happen, every day. A friend's eyes sparkle as she tells you about her new sweetheart. Another friend's heart breaks as her husband up and leaves her with no warning. The sun sets and it is so lovely you could cry. An ex-boyfriend calls out of the blue, just to talk, bringing back tears you thought you'd left behind. A teenager thanks you for making a difference in her life. A baby announcement arrives for a miracle who, by all odds, shouldn't have made it, but who's thriving after the removal of a lobe of his lung. A friend's father sits under house arrest for doing the right and faithful thing. A job is lost, a baby is adopted into a loving family, a war rages on the other side of the world. Beautiful and terrible things.
It's what is after that that is the important part. Don't be afraid. Fear not, the angels say. Love conquers fear, conquers death, conquers all the terrible things and makes the beautiful things endure. Love sets you free to do that thing you're meant to do, to change things, to trust what is true. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.