Encouragement for the Journey 23 March 2014

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Encouragement for the Journey 23 March 2014

Encouragement for the Journey


Greetings Fellow Traveller,†

I write this on the tenth day of the search for Malaysian Airlines plane Flight 370. Like many others around the world, I am sure you have your own ideas and theories of what may have happened to the plane. It is important to remember that while we may speculate on what occurred on board Flight 370, we do not yet know or fully understand. Alongside this we can only barely imagine what it must be like for the families and friends of the passengers and crew, living with not knowing, whether their loved one is dead or alive.

A question I have repeatedly asked myself since the plane went missing, is how would I react if I had a loved one on that particular flight? I am not sure how I would react. For who can predict the intense human responses to a catastrophic event such as this?

To live with not knowing, is part of being human, some unfortunately experience this in varying degrees of intensity. I recall Fleur telling me how her mother during World War 2 waited five years not knowing if her husband who was a sailor on the HMS Prince of Wales was dead or alive. She eventually learnt he had been held a prisoner in a Japanese Prisoner of War of Camp for five years.

Much prayer has been offered, and who knows what effect this will have on this mystery and those who are intimately affected by the disappearance of Flight 370. You may well ask what more can we do? These eventsí surrounding this disappearance has reminded me to acquire understanding. Without understanding we will speculate. Understanding will also make a difference in our many interactions with others who we may meet on the journey. Understanding will lead us to compassion. This week I discovered this quote from William Blake:

If God is anything, he is understandingÖ.

Understanding is acquired by means of suffering or distress or experience.

Will, desire, pain, envy etc, are all natural. But understanding is acquired.

Meanwhile peace and understanding