C.S. Lewis described pain as ‘the megaphone of God.’
Are we listening?
What does it take to hear?
No man is an Island
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
— John Donne
(Reportedly written while convalescing from what was thought to be the bubonic plague)