Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver in “The Summer Day”
“The poor man died and was carried by angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. While being tormented in the place of the dead, he looked up and saw Abraham at a distance with Lazarus at his side. He shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I’m suffering in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received good things, whereas Lazarus received terrible things. Now Lazarus is being comforted and you are in great pain. Moreover, a great crevasse has been fixed between us and you. Those who wish to cross over from here to you cannot. Neither can anyone cross from there to us.’”
A great crevasse is basically a wide, bottomless pit. What a sense of helplessness to find yourself on one side, faced with certain death if you try to cross it.
Consider that the crevasse in this passage didn’t just happen one day. It was created by forces over time that pushed and pulled it apart; a million tiny movements that compounded over time to create this impassable trench.
In a similar way, don’t we all have opportunities every day to either create deeper divisions in our own lives or fill them in?
Every day the rich man had the opportunity to help Lazarus but refused to see it, making the hole a bit deeper and a bit wider.
Can you see your day in this same way? As you reflect on the day ahead, can you reframe it as a calling, an opportunity to bring wholeness, to bridge the divide?
God, I want to be a person who brings wholeness into the world.
Help me to practice this today and every day.
Go and live fully and wholly in the places you are called this day.