Friday, November 14, 2014

For When You've Had a Rough Week . . . or Two


Dear Friend ~

I hear you.  I know this has been a rough one.  Actually, it's been more than week, hasn't it.  More like an endless season, yes?
 
Your family seems to be careening out of control.  You've got decisions to make that will rock your world no matter what path you choose.  A growing frustration has become your steady companion, and you're more than a bit concerned about what's coming 'round the next corner.  God only knows how deep your gripping woundedness has become, how ever present the excruciating hurt that just won't go away. 
 
Work is the pits.  You're feeling marginalized and disrespected ... and are a bit startled at the swirling anger that has taken up residence inside your body.  Your boss has been avoiding you like the plague and you fear that a pink slip could be nailed to your door before long.  The bills are piling up ... and Christmas is coming soon.  You have no idea how you're going to make it.
 
You've been to the doctor and you're not at all sure about those meds he's prescribed.  You jump a mile high every time the phone rings because those test results are supposed to come soon and you're terrified at what they might be. Your prognosis is not looking too good right about now, and fear relentlessly gnaws someplace deep within you in the middle of the night.  There are days when you can't eat a bite, and others when you mindlessly, endlessly graze through cabinets and shelves, hoping to quiet the empty space within.
 
If that wasn't enough, your computer is making terrible whirring noises that seem to only get louder with each passing day. Your phone is on the fritz and you can't for the life of you remember those stupid passwords you so desperately need.

Oh yes ... the car.  It's on its last wheels for sure.  

In the midst of all the craziness, the holidays are just about here and you feel anything but jolly when you look at the calendar.  You still aren't sure what table you're going to be sitting at ... or if you're going to end up alone.  And if you do get together with someone, you can only hope that people are going to be talking to each other as they pass the pumpkin pie.

And you weep at the senseless way you've been cruelly abandoned by your church and betrayed by those who vowed they'd stick with you through thick and thin.  Wisps of depression and a clawing anxiety threaten to settle in forever, and your seeming isolation and the immensity of your grief threaten to swallow you alive. 
 
I'm hearing your broken heart today.  I won't begin to try to fix it and I refuse to lob endless Scripture verses at you.  All I can do is continue to quietly walk alongside, listen to you well, affirming all that is true about where you are and respectfully asking you the questions that might help bring some clarity to the chaos. 

And, most importantly, keep on bringing you to the One who experienced our fears, griefs, and sorrows when He walked on earthly soil. 

Do not be dismayed, my friend.  He whispers peace, be still.  Even, and especially, in the raging storm.
 
Mercy & Comfort ~

 
 
 


P.S.  This open letter is a response to a compilation of a number of conversations, in person and online, that I've been honored to share in.  It's not intended for any one person.  If it touches your heart in some way, I am grateful.

And please feel free to share these meager words with your friends.  Maybe they will give some much needed hope? 

The links are below.
 
=    visiting with Laura  .  Kristen  .  Holley   =

20 comments:

  1. So many people need to hear this right now. The world crumbles more each day, and people need to know where they can find peace and hope. I pray this gets in the right hands and hearts!

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    1. Amen. He is our Healer, our only hope, our refuge. Thank you, Sarah, for praying that these words travel to where they best can bring comfort ...

      I so appreciate that you are here, friend. Weekend joys to you and your sweet family.

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  2. You are such an encourager, Linda. You are a beautiful friend. So blessed by you. Praying this finds its way to those who need to read your words. Blessings for a beautiful weekend. xoxo

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    1. Your kind words are such a blessing to me, Beth. I have to trust God that there is one reader out there somewhere who will come to know that they are not alone and that He loves them deeply.

      A restful weekend to you, my friend ...

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  3. I love how God spoke loud and clear through this letter! I pray for all hurting and uncertain that these words touch them and reach them when they need it most. Blessings my friend!

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    1. mmm ... yes, sometimes He speaks loud and clear. And very often His whisper is gentle and sweet. Whatever, however, keep speaking to us, God! We so need to discern Your voice, receive Your comfort, and know that we're not alone.

      Thanks, Mary, for entering into this conversation this weekend!

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  4. Thank you...I've been in all of those places in the last three years, and all f it did hurt.

    It's a nice letter.I'm saving it.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2014/11/still-here-five-minute-friday.html

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    1. I'm grateful you're doing community with us here, Andrew. I hope that this will be a safe place where you can find some kind of encouragement and maybe sense God's comforting presence for your difficult journey.

      Weekend blessings, friend ...

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  5. All I could do is cry...................and maybe that's what I needed.................

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    1. I'm so sorry, Val.

      It's ok to let the tears spill out. Let them come. And may His wounded hands hold you close to His heart. He loves you so.

      I'm praying for you even as we speak ...

      Blessings.

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  6. Offering easy answers in hard times is anything but helpful. Thanks for sitting with and encouraging and praying for those in tough places.

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    1. Those pat answers can end up being so wounding, can't they, Debby. It's like we think we can solve someone's problems with a few lines, a quick prayer, and then be on our way. It just doesn't work like that, does it ...

      In the end, it's all about relationship. And being able to offer that to another soul over the long haul.

      Thanks for being here. I'm so grateful that you're part of this community and for the wisdom you share during your visits with us!

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  7. What a reminder that each us is carrying something. none of us are exempt from the craziness and stress of life. We are all touched sooner or later along this journey and no we are not alone.

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    1. None of us are exempt from life's craziness. You hit the nail on the head, Leigh! And knowing that others have been in the same boat can actually be a helpful thing. It gives us a freeing permission to believe that if God has helped them make it through, then He's available for me, too.

      I love that you've dropped in this weekend. I hope it has great big restful pockets for you to enjoy ...

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  8. Linda,
    You are so right, we all experience times that are difficult and some more than difficult than others at different seasons and you are also right about the gift of a friend coming alongside in those moments..offering loving presence and helping us to see God in the midst...Thank you :)

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    1. A faithful friend who stays with us for the long haul? A truely rare gift indeed.

      And, yes, we have that dearest Friend that sticks closer than a brother. And for that I'm super-grateful.

      I hope you're finding His presence to be a real delight this Sabbath afternoon, Dolly. I sure am glad you've spent a bit of time here, too!

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  9. Words for many in bad situations. I happen to be in a lull from these types of things invading my peace, but knowing that "life comes at us fast" and the encouragement and reminder is always appreciated. xo Visiting from Holley's today.

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    1. And it seems like those situations come out of nowhere, don't they ... sometimes we don't have a clue til they hit us head on.

      I'm so grateful that He sees the bigger picture ... and that He's got us in His hand, guarding our soul as we make our way through those dark places.

      Thanks for visiting today, Susan. It's good to have you here!

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  10. What a gift ... to be understanding of where so many are walking ... and to remind us of WHO is taking care of us no matter what is going on around us ...

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  11. Trust me, I am journeying that path with you! And finding that His faithful companionship, the company of kindred spirits, and my fingers on this keyboard are bringing a refreshing breeze to my soul.

    Blessings, friend ...

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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