I have reflected recently on the rhythm of life. We come into the world as babies needing others to care for our every need. For the most part we are content to have others take care of us. Around two years of age we begin to prove our independence wanting to do everything ourselves even though it is an illusion–we really are not able to do everything ourselves. Throughout our adult lives we balance independence and dependency. Most of us like the feeling of being independent even though we are never really fully independent. When we are at points in our lives when independence is not possible, it is a struggle.
Often people who are in the process of dying deal with the loss of independence. Relying on others for many needs is difficult after feeling independent for years. The physical dying process involves letting go of this life to embrace a new life. It takes time to embrace total dependency on God.
Created in God’s love, we experience God’s love throughout our lives, and transition to the next life fully embraced by the Holy One, our God. Physical dying points to other aspects of our lives that call us to depend on Divine Love to get us through the toughest times. In those times we experience being broken. We may need to slow down even more to feel the warmth of the Holy One who embraces us in love. We experience God’s promise to always be with us, in life and in death, in injury, sickness, grief, in questions and uncertainly, in difficult economic times.
“I am with you always”, is the embrace of our loving God who calls to know that we can depend on God who created us in love.
Blessings and peace