The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1 The Book of Common Prayer. p.617).
I am writing this blog post after receiving some very sad news. Evan Karges is 19 years old. He has been battling cancer in the form of tumors for quite a few years. His parents Karen and Dave have been at his side supporting him and loving him throughout Evan’s illness. Last week, Evan had surgery to try to remove a tumor on his brain. The surgeons were unable to remove the whole tumor because it contained blood vessels. The prognosis for Evan is that he has days maybe weeks left to live. The news is heart wrenching. I cannot imagine the emotions of the family. The news could not have come at a worse time with Thanksgiving one week from today.
As devastating as this news is, it is the words of Psalm 27:1 that gives me a vision of God’s mysterious will through this very dark experience. Amidst the darkness of death, despair and life’s most challenging times; God is our light and salvation. We have nothing to fear. As I meditate on this verse and the situation with Evan, I am inspired by the Karges families’ courage. They are the embodiment of the courage that well all need when confronted by a tragedy such as this. Such courage comes from faith that is our path to trust in God no matter what happens.
The photograph above the Psalm verse shows a blinding light that pierces the storm and/or night clouds. The light is illuminating everything that is hidden. The scene below is full of beauty and mystery. We know there is a mountain, some trees and possibly a river. What we do not know is what is going on in each of them that even the light cannot help us see. Such can be the case for us in our own lives. Whether everything is visible to the human eye or only known to God and ourselves alone; the Light that is the God of our salvation is there in the Person of Jesus Christ walking through our dark times with us. God is grieving and weeping with and for us. God doesn’t always heal or deliver us from death. However, our hope of salvation here and in the next life is always in God’s hands. We should therefore, never be afraid.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB