Revelation in a hospital

January 4, 2017


It seems we live in a society “stripped of grace,” as Miroslav Volf noted in 2004. Callousness is a strength; compassion is a weakness; we all stand or fall as isolated individuals, at war with an untrustworthy and hostile society. Welcome to the moral and spiritual dystopia.

Such a vision turns a blind eye to humanity’s communal nature. I’ve seen my own interdependence as I’ve walked the walk of cancer.  I wrote all about it recently for Sojourners. Here’s the opening paragraphs and a link to the article. Know this as you read: This could happen to anyone.

I wonder: Would our societal rage soften if we peered together through my hospital window in 2015 and saw what I saw?

A formerly invisible world emerged, filled with crutches and wheel chairs and oxygen tanks and feeding tubes. Rugged individuality spells doom in that world — interdependence is a lifeline; kindness is a necessity; compassion is a strength and indifference is a weakness.

Who knows? Maybe we’d laugh off hate-mongering political leaders.

Tap here to read the rest.

About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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