I'm not sure who is more upset this morning, me or my 6 year old son. I have passed down the blessing/curse of being an Atlanta fan. We cheer for all things Atlanta- be it Georgia Tech, Braves, Falcons, Hawks and yes even that soccer team that will be starting soon. I'm a believer in the value of team sports and of being a fan and supporting your city, your people, your community. So much to learn about living and about our faith. There isn't a better, more safe way to teach about sorrow and loss than dealing with the dashed hopes of your team. So I thought I'd share my teaching moment with my family and really just as much to myself.
Epic losses always lead to sorrows, whether in daily life or your hometown NFL team in the Super Bowl. So many things we put our hope in are at best shaky and fleeting. Yet the pain of sorrows, regardless of their nature, is truly real. In some ways it might seem easier to just shuffle your hope from one shaky place to the next. To just avoid the pain of loss by putting your hope in the next thing. But what if the sorrow is truly healthy?
Never waste your sorrow. Curl up next to your mom and dad, cry if you need to, read a sorrowful book or take a walk to some sorrowful songs. Embrace it, feel it. You'll learn that sorrow won't kill you. And in turn and time something about hope will come around. The kind of hope that is sure, because it's not temporal or movable but rather a completed, finished hope that puts our temporal hopes into proper perspective. It's embracing the final, ultimate hope that God has accomplished through the good news of Jesus that makes living with the smaller hopes and failure truly meaningful. God does not fail. He has declared His work finished and the completion of that declaration is ongoing and will come to fruition. He wins and therefore, because of your faith in Him and His work, you win. We win. It's settled, the victory is ours and we get to celebrate and live in light of it today and everyday.
I certainly would've rather taught on glory this morning, but I'll take the loss, the sorrow and the struggle to point us to a future and sure hope that is greater still. Now let's hit the "Sorrowful Songs" playlist, Ghosts That We Knew seems like a good one to start with.