Survivors are like the boy in the recent movie, “The Life of Pi” – half drowned in a shipwreck and trapped on a lifeboat in the middle of a stormy sea with a wild, hungry tiger as his companion – trying to make friends with his enemy, struggling to live one more day, until he could be rescued or be washed up on some distant shore.
On that long path toward acceptance of those things which they cannot change, survivors refuse to quit on life and find ways to go on living with what’s left – even though, like Jacob leaving Jabok long ago, they walk with a limp.
They are our heroes and heroines because they show us how to live daily with loss – the loss of loved ones, friends, marriage, health, limbs, jobs, economic security, place, independence, future, memory, dreams, and even faith – to name just a few. As we journey through life, their continuing companionship is a priceless gift of grace.
Lord, thank you for the survivors whose courage gives us hope and whose endurance teaches us how to live with loss. Amen.
John Carter is a Weatherford resident and his “Notes From the Journey” column is a regular feature in the Democrat.