Hope in a summer of loss

It’s been a difficult summer around the world and in the lives of many individuals.

Wars.
Deaths.
Depression.
Exclusion.
Violence.

And I feel at a loss for how to respond.

Two of my favorite songs have been on my mind at various points as I’ve encountered news of yet more loss in one form or another. Music has a way of illuminating our feelings in many situations, particularly in times of hopelessness. Coldplay’s, “Fix You” and R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” are two classics that poignantly identify our despair:
 
...tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace...

...When your day is long
And the night, the night is yours alone
When you're sure you've had enough…

Tears are streaming. Our world has indeed had enough!

Yet there exists an honest hopefulness in these songs that doesn’t gloss over the deep hurt and pain of our lives in this world, but also doesn’t stay in the place of despair. That “light will guide you home” and the reality we can “hold on” knowing that we are not alone - “everybody hurts” -  speaks to a hope in the universal experience of death. To me, these songs have offered a hope in a summer of loss. And for that I’m grateful.




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