Friday, August 31, 2012

A Certain Slant of Light


Writing Prompt: The Word: Slant
August 31, 2012

There’s a book called “A Certain Slant of Light” by Laura Whitcomb. I haven’t read it, but I think it’s something about humans and ghosts being able to see each other within the elements of what the title refers to.

I can relate.

In the middle of my unsettled world of adult loved ones struggling with everything from addiction to unemployment, illness to depression and even to psychosis (as well as just the general upheaval of this life they were born into), there is often a somber shadowy feeling to my days. Add to that the chaotic multi-tasking of a staffing manager in a busy branch that covers an entire county and a population of 7,000 people, and well…sometimes the darkness is real and sometimes it is just me shutting my eyes against the sheer overwhelming mass of it all.

But then there are moments, brief but exquisite where in a certain slant of light, I find hope.  I step away from co-dependence in a move that nearly kills me only to find my adult son can run his own life better than I ever could. I visit with friends that seem chosen by God just for me with their life experiences that together, mirror some of my own. I sit with my friend, a former addict herself, while she is taught the missionary discussions and feel the light of Christ like a beacon on a raging sea, calling my storm-tossed and weather worn vessel home. And I surrender the outcome of a hundred burdens to He who has already suffered for them all. 

I guess I’m going to have to read that book since I really LOVE the title, but first there are other more pressing books to read. Like the one He wrote…full of more than just a certain slant of light.