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Band-Aids for Bad Days

Spirituality doesn't make everything “all better.” You can't go to God with a laundry list of things you'd like him to fix. That was how we often prayed as children. God was sort of like Santa Claus. You could pray for world peace, to watch over Mom and Dad . . . and while you're at it, God, could you bring me a pony.

We wish that spirituality would mean you don't have days in which all hell breaks loose. You won't ever lose your job; your mother-in-law will stop her evil ways; you won't ever have to say good-bye to someone you love; illness will never happen to anyone in your family. But that's impossible because we live in the real world with real problems. Spirituality is more like a Band-aid. It doesn't fix everything. Just like the body heals itself from a cut and the Band-aid is just there to protect the injury until you can heal. Spirituality gives you a sense of peace and balance until the elements of time and your own heart healing can make the pain of modern-day life and crises lessen.


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