“But, Gran, is everything really all right? Really?” It is completely cosmic questioning, coming from a small girl in a white nightgown with a toothbrush in her hand, sensing the unfamiliar surrounding the familiar……I must answer it for her, looking down at her serious, upturned face…”Yes, Lena, it is all right.” And the two little girls and I climb into the fourposter bed to sing songs and tell stories.
“Is everything all right? Really?” Though it assumes different aspects at different times, it is our most basic question. It is behind our ventures into theology and ethics, behind our anguished dreams, our fears and hopes as we stand at the bedside of loved ones, as we confront the mystery of death. There is no way we can know all the particulars on how “all right” everything is. But if we can trust that behind life’s mysteries and dilemmas that is a Creator who knows what is going on and who wishes us well, that’s a very good start. And then what? What could be better than to sing songs and tell stories?
Martha Whitmore Hickman. “Healing After a Loss”. New York: Harper Collins, (1994).