When we are all going through turmoil, all we want is to get through it. We want it to be over - whether it be the funerals & things needed to be done after a death, the devastation of a national disaster, or the trauma of finishing up a graduate degree, we just want it to be over. What we don't feel and think about until later is the aftermath of it all. After it is technically and officially "over," we have to cope with things which are often much harder than the events themselves. The feelings and the wounds we still have.
This particular week in the United States is difficult. Many hearts are broken and devastated. We all have ups and downs in life, and this entire month needs to remind us that we never know when or what something is going to come crashing down on us. We do not know when the down is coming. For much of America, we must lick our wounds where a skewed people and unfair system made them.
It is important, no matter what the struggle, that we grieve fully and come back even harder at life. If we lost a fight, we must fight again. If we made the wrong decision, we must determine to find the right one. If someone died, we must heal. Even if it changes our lives forever, we must get back up and persevere.