I’m not one to pray to any one god because I don’t believe there is only one god. I believe there are many who are in both the big and small miracles we witness every day, most of them being the ones we each carry within ourselves. We are each, in our own ways, the directors of the universe. For better or for worse we control our own destinies, we can destroy with a single act of hate, and can transform the world with a simple act of kindness or a caring word.
When things happen that we can’t explain or don’t understand, it’s difficult to see the god at work in the despair, or to know why the burden we endure is being placed upon our already weary heads—is it a test of faith, a test of the love we’ve been gifted, a reminder to live each day as if there will be no tomorrow? Or is it simply a reminder that we are stronger and more courageous than we’ve ever known possible? Is it proof that when we suffer we never do it alone? There is no certain answer for why we are burdened with the challenges we face, unless it’s for no other reason than to remind us of the strength we find in the love and support from family, friends, and the compassionate gifts from complete strangers who rally around two people who are facing uncertainty and more than a few challenges ahead, but who are being lifted up in prayer and good wishes.
Eric Arvin and TJ Klune are being tested right now, and though the why of it may be a mystery, the result of it is that a group of people are rallying around them, if not in person then in spirit, to show them how much they are valued and what a gift they are to those they may never meet, simply because they’ve shared their gift of words in the books they write and the stories they tell.
A fundraiser has been organized to help them offset some of the medical expenses they will incur before Eric is back home where he belongs. This is not a plea to give, but merely a reminder that if you should choose to do so, your gift will be valued and will be, again if you should choose, a means of helping to share their burden in your own way.