An atheist couple had a five year old daughter but taught her nothing about God. It was a very unhappy home and one night the father shot and killed the mother and then himself, while the little girl watched. The child was taken by Child Protective Services and finally placed in a foster home. The foster parents were Christians, so they took the little girl to their church on Sunday.
They told the Sunday school teacher about her background and asked her just to let the girl sit in the back of the room and listen. As the class went on, the teacher picked up a picture of Jesus and asked, "Now, children, who is this?" The little girl jumped up and waved her hand. The teacher had no idea what she'd say but asked "Do you know who he is?"
The little girl said, "I don't know his name, but that's the man who came to my house when my mommy and daddy died and held me in his arms all night long."
In the MIDST of darkness we are supported and held in the arms of Love, even though we might not have the childlike eyes to see it. The Beloved will meet us right where we are, even in our lowest moment. In fact, when we reach the end of our human resources, Spirit is able to enter and lift us up body, emotions, mind and soul! The Spirit of God is able to enter our broken, wounded, or hurt places, and through our tears water the seeds of new growth.
May we all be comforted, supported, loved, and uplifted in our times of need!