One of the deepest valleys we are called to walk through is the feeling that something is wrong and there is nothing we can do about it. After a long struggle many people come to feel that life is controlled by nothing but fate.
We have all been injured emotionally at one time or another, in one way of another – hurt by family, friends, business colleagues, news media, politicians or whatever – and the bitter urge to strike back becomes our first reaction.
A hospital administrator was once startled to see a patient fleeing down the hall from the operating room. Stopping the patient, he asked what seemed to be wrong. The patient exclaimed, “The nurse scared me near to death when she said, “Be brave! An appendectomy is a simple operation.”
Even though it is only two and-a-half hours away, I have not spent much time in Chicago. In 1974, I tagged along on a church youth trip chaperoned by my parents. I was only five, but I have some very distinct memories of that time.