Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hurtful, Awful, Unbelievable, Disappointing

All the above words in my title could be adjectives used to describe situations my friends are currently enduring. I wish they weren’t. Their stories mark my life too; they are my friends.

My first response, when I become aware is I can’t believe it! Why?

I have strong friends. I am learning from them how to live in the hard stuff of life. Some of my invaluable lessons:

  • Their lives are not a constant monologue of their hurts. They still know how to smile—sometimes they cry too.
  • They know the blessing—the need—for community. They are vulnerable; they invite others into their hurts to pray with and for them.
  • The hard stuff is not the only definition of their lives. They don’t let it sidetrack them from reaching out to others in their needs.
  • They are learning to live in the midst of their current reality knowing that it might not get better.
  • They are listening to God’s truth. It is a louder voice than their circumstances.

I am so thankful for the friends God gives me.

“It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart;
For you are all partakers with me of grace,”
Philippians 1:7

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