Cracked yet hopeful?

I often come across a quotation that stays with me and this happened last week. The quotation was ascribed to Leonard Cohen, poet and singer. And like many quotations, when I researched it I found it is actually ascribed to several people.  This often happens with interesting quotations that are worthy of mulling!

Lyrics to the song ‘Anthem’ on Cohen’s album The Future include:

Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

It’s a compelling mixture of pragmatism and hope.

Pragmatism. The world is cracked; society is cracked; we are each of us cracked. Perfection is beyond us. It is as it is.

Hope.  We often associate light with hope. To me ‘light’ indicates something other, beyond the everyday of life and yet within the everyday. Something spiritual, healing, of goodness, divine.

I love the image of light shining out through the cracks. Light in the midst of darkness. Hope in the midst of a pragmatic acceptance of brokenness.  

There is truth therein. It bears repeating. It’s worthy of mulling – or as we sometimes put it more commonly these days meditating on.