July brings the best of summer heat waves that flash and spark bright across peaceful star-soaked skies. This year, July announces the Independence, freedom and promise for a troubled country caught in a new world of difficulties.
Some of you may remember as a child, the joy & wonderment of watching the night sky explode in brilliant color and sound as a nation endeavored to build a country of peace, prosperity and compassion for all. The world seems very different today but as serious as times are, there are those among us who have known far greater suffering than social inconveniences or ‘lock-down’.
Memories that bring great joy for most of us, may bring searing pain for those who have suffered the loss of a child. Indeed the hassles of today’s experiences pale by comparison to the death of a loved one. Especially those who by all rational thinking should have had a fuller and much longer life.
As I reflect on the passing of so many amid the current pandemic I am painfully aware of how quickly and cruelly life can turn and I am confronted with a question that has been posed to me many times over the course of my work in Ministry and Mediumship and frequently over the past few months.
“Why would a loving God take my child”?
No one knows the day or the hour of passing, at least not exactly, but no life is too short and no life is too long. There are no wasted lives.
The pain and tragedy of the loss of both young and old often seems to offer no reason, no purpose. Whether it is an innocent child or a curmudgeon centenarian, the love of God is not lost on anyone who traverses this difficult lifetime. Every life holds meaning.
Every life touches the lives of others and affects the evolution of everyone with whom they interact, no matter who they are, what they were like or what they did. They may have been reverent men & women of the cloth or they may have served time for harsh crimes. Regardless, it is imperative to understand and embrace the truth that all lives hold sacredness and each harbors the holiness of spirit – even if we may not recognize or acknowledge it right away.
We are responsible for our own choice of peace in as much as it demands our compassion and caring for others.
Every soul’s journey is significant and the responsibility is ours to live and live well with love for all. Some decide to take darker paths but they do so at great cost. Within the suffering and calamity of life, however, there is love. There is no unnecessary pain. The ebbs and flows of pain in this life mold and shape us. They define and enrich us. They encourage our connections and insist upon our generosity. They entice us to seek truth and move us to discover the
Why then do children die? Why do people leave this world before their time and leave the rest of us shattered and in despair?
We may be individual Spirits but our souls beat with a singular heartbeat that frames God’s consciousness. It is there that we are driven, challenged and called to care deeply for each other. Those who suffer the greatest losses in this life are the measure of courage, the embodiment of truth and a light of heaven’s gates. They teach us all to love.
God never takes a child away, he gives them to the rest of us in love.
Thank you for allowing me to attempt to answer this most difficult question.
Joseph Shiel is a highly acclaimed Evidential Medium, Spirit Artist, Psychic and award-winning teacher. Internationally known for his accuracy, integrity and commitment to others, he has devoted his life to service of Spirit and those seeking love, healing and growth. He shares his remarkable talents with students, clients and audiences around the world; teaching, speaking, healing and performing private and public demonstrations of evidential mediumship and Spirit Art deemed by many as 'Portraits from Heaven.' His exceptionally rare gifts make him one of the most sought after mediums, consulting for politicians, CEO's, celebrities and all those seeking healing and insight.