Sidewalk Chalk & Grieving Other Temporary Things

My dearest friend & I were feeling whimsical and made chalk drawings on the sidewalk just outside my front door yesterday:

Then… it rained last night. While I knew that the chalk was temporary, I was sad that the chalk drawings would be washed away so soon. So often, we, human people, try our hardest to hold on to temporary things that were never meant to be permanent.

 

The Hippocratic Oath says “do no harm”. A doctor’s goal should not simply be to prolong the reality of death. Some things are worse than death. Just as rain to wash away the chalk drawings is inevitable, so is death. So is grief. Sometimes people are meant to be a part of our life for a temporary time period rather than a lifetime connection. This is difficult, but a reality. Short relationships are better than no relationships. People are worth the effort, even when we know that time together is finite and limited.

 

It is hard to imagine or understand the only true permanence being God. God’s eternal life is the only infinite. Everything we know is temporary except God. God is the only supplier of truly unconditional love that will not disappear when we disappoint Him or when we reject Him. This must be the case or God is not merciful. We cannot truly understand the capacity & meaning of this love, but we can trust with faith and give thanks.

 

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of Hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [Romans 8:38-39]

 

For whatever reason, tree canopy or otherwise, all of the chalk drawings washed away except this one:  

 

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” [1 Corinthians 13:13]

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