On July 8th, my two younger sisters and my sister-in-law (as close as a sister to me) were in a severe car accident. Even as I write this, my sister-in-law remains at the hospital in a coma, and the doctors have given her a ten percent chance of waking.
However, prayers across the country, even around the world, have proclaimed healing and life over her body, and we trust in God’s capacity to heal above any report of the doctor. Already she’s given signs of rousing, with movements and attempts at speech that have contradicted the report given by the doctors.
And healing has begun to touch my sisters also. They’re at home now recovering, and though they’re in considerable pain and have injuries that will take weeks to heal, I see such beauty in them as they look to God for their strength. We’ve all had moments when the situation seemed overwhelming, but for the most part we’ve had peace and hope that can only come from the God of all comfort.
As we wait for healing and wait for my beautiful sister-in-law to awaken, we cling to the hope of glory and the power of Christ’s resurrection which transforms all things. We’re waiting for the morning to dawn, and for God to release new and deeper joy in our family than ever before.
To frame it in literary terms, we’re anticipating the eucatastrophe, where the sorrow turns to joy. Tolkien spoke of the eucatastrophes that characterized fairy stories, one of the many ways in which they echo eternal truth. He described a eucatastrophe as “a sudden joyous ‘turn’” or “a sudden and miraculous grace” that comes in the moment where all seems bleak and grim. A eucatastrophe gives us “a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of this world” and “when the sudden turn comes we get a piercing glimpse of joy, and heart’s desire, that for a moment passes outside the frame, rends indeed the very web of story and lets a gleam come through.”
The eucatastrophe found in fairy stories has impact because it reflects the reality of life and the world as God has created it. We look to the greatest eucatastrophe in our history, the resurrection of Jesus, and that gives us confidence, even anticipation, of the coming dawn. Right now, God continues to write His story for our family, a testimony of his goodness and mercy over our lives.
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