“It is easy to believe in goodness when good things are happening. When there is pain, horror, neglect or evil, it is profoundly more difficult. This belief of mine comes from a place of deep and absolute knowledge: life is goodness. Goodness rules.”
SARK; author, artist, incest survivor
It’s true. It’s easy to believe in goodness (and God), when your life is humming along and days are bright. But it’s not so easy when everything you hold dear is about to disappear. When your husband decides he loves someone else; when your children have to divide their time and their loyalties; when your grandchildren wonder what is going on; when holidays and birthdays and vacations are all screwed up; when you can’t sleep and you can’t eat and music makes you cry. Believing in goodness in times of suffering is not easy, but it’s worth it.Don’t give up on goodness. Because when the suffering is over, when the sobbing stops, then the sun comes out again. Morning comes fresh and beautiful again. Life presents opportunities for us to do something good ourselves, and when we respond positively, honor and integrity and the joy that follows get new legs. Sometimes it takes surviving the struggle to realize that goodness rules, because no matter what happens we learn that doing good can always begin again with us.
“For though once your heart was full of darkness, now it is full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it! Because of this light within you, you should do only what is good and right and true.”
Ephesians 5:8-9 (Living Bible)