Life Almost Faked Them Out

God has given us all a story that is woven around our purpose, whether we choose to live a life that fulfills it or not. Our true purpose is to love, even though we don’t know how much time we have. Life is filled with many options and so many people that it is sometimes hard to know which to choose and who to actually listen to. I’m grateful to God for placing some recognizably wise people in my life who are there to encourage me in making good choices.The aftermath and far reach for the spiritual resolve of a seemingly unfulfilled existence can cause prolonged and inexplicable grief. It is in the complete acceptance of humanity’s biggest certainty, death, that one will start to acknowledge it as part of life and, in doing so, come back to life.Life almost faked them out! Hosea and India may never have had a successful life together on this plane due to their extreme differences in callings; their true purposes; and overall life’s expectancy, desires, and dreams. Yet they had real love as real as Romeo and Juliet’s. A woman by the name of Jeanette Winterson was onto something that hinges on authenticity (“real talk”) as she penned the following quote in a book called Written on the Body:“You’ll get over it…” It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever. You don’t get over it because ‘it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not made anodyne by death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you, and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?

--Victoria Robertson