Thursday, November 20, 2014

Notice the Thanksgiving Chair


We often keep ourselves far too frenetically busy.
 
We preoccupy ourselves with matters that mean little
and with activities that do nothing but occupy space and consume energy.
 
The energy we need to grieve.
 
To break away from denial and embrace the invisible, the scary, the uncertain path toward healing. 
 
To walk straight into what begs to be seen, heard, acknowledged, and validated.
 
To weep deep and hard and long, those messy beautiful bittersweet tears that lead to release.

And gratitude for the beauty of what was and is no more.
 
Pretending that nothing's happened doesn't work.
 
For in noticing our pain, our loss, our grief, we find glimmers of hope.
 
Hope leads to the healing path that winds long and far.
 
And traveling that path leads, one day, to peace.

We do not walk that path alone. 

He holds our feeble hand as He walks with us.

And carries us when need be.


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300 seconds with Kate  *  Kristen  *  Holley

34 comments:

  1. Ah! this is so good. I am reading Leeana Tankersley's book BREATHING ROOM and she talks about this. Last year our house caught fire, we remodeled, sold it and took off to Europe for a season. I realized I've never to stop to notice the trauma of the fire and all that has changed in the past year. I've always just got through it. I'm realizing that there is dignity in recovering and resting.

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    1. 'There is dignity in recovering and resting.' These words are beautiful and true, Amanda. And I am so grateful that you have kicked off this conversation with your wisdom.

      Thanks for being here ...

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  2. Thank you for sharing...I love the last two sentences...so powerful! Such beautiful words!

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    1. He's right in the middle of it all, isn't He, Barbara.

      So good that you're here with us!

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  3. Oh I love that video, my friend! I had never seen that before! What a powerful visual! Great post, Linda!

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    1. It's kind of a bittersweet reminder isn't it, Karrilee. My eyes well up when I watch it. And I can't help but think that's a good thing ...

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  4. Seriously without hope i don't think i would have survived the last 6 years, it is the beating of my heart.

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    1. Yes, yes. Sometimes hope is all we have left. And the holidays can be a brutal time ...

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  5. Some of the worst in this are those who follow Christ. We put on airs of "I have it all together" and rob ourselves (and others) of the chance to grieve or heal. We need to be real enough to admit we are hurting and life is not always good.

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    1. Absolutely, friend. I never cease to be horrified at the pat answers and the quoted verses lobbed at souls who are numb with grief and barely functioning. At times like this, words are futile and we are better to be quiet.

      And simply be present.

      Period.

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  6. Wow. Both the video and your words were a powerful message this morning. Thanks, friend. xoxo

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    1. I was tempted to simply post the video on its own. It sure does say it all, doesn't it, Beth.

      Again. With no words.

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    2. But I am glad you included your words. :)

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  7. I have worshiped this morning--with the leading of your words.

    Bless You, Friend!

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    1. Praise God ... He is so worthy of our praise. Even in those seasons of grief.

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  8. Beautiful. I am actually doing a Thanksgiving study with some online friends right now, so I am sharing this post with them. xo

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  9. He holds our feeble hand… takes me to Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." God takes whatever we have to offer; a feeble hand, when we're flying, running, walking. He renews our strength.

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    1. Oh I love this verse, Traci ... Now, to sit patiently, quietly, fervantly with Him. That's where the strength comes from!

      Thanks for coming by this evening!

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  10. Linda, I love this. I get what you are saying. I 've spent a lot of my life battling wanting healing and feeling like I shouldn't notice my feelings because i should just act like they didn't happen. For some reason I'm having to work out some of those issues and find healing right now. AND ITS BEEN HARD! yikes. sometimes its so much easier to pretend it doesn't need to happen but it weed like appears in other areas of life. I get this post!!

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    1. You're so right, Summer! If we don't notice, name, and decide what we're going to do with our feelings they'll just pop up somewhere else. It's like playing Whack-A-Mole at the county fair. I love your courage in saying 'no more!'

      You go, girl! I hope you'll find plenty of support here in this little online space. Blessings as you continue on your healing journey, friend ,,,

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  11. I know I need to slow down, to breathe deep, and to look up. Clarity and peace come when we step back and admit we can't do it alone.

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    1. Always glad to hear your heart, Sarah ...

      Sabbath rest to you and your sweeties!

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  12. Well said. I only wish there were more opportunities to do what we need to do. Life pulls at us in so many directions and they are not always from places we can say no to, especially when it is our job. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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    1. I hear you, Leigh ... Sometimes it seems almost impossible to do those things that are most important. Praying that He'll help us all carve out the sacred moments to do what is most urgent.

      I'm grateful you're here doing community with us!

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  13. Beautiful, Linda! Words of comfort, like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter's day that warms you up from the inside out! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Oh that warm chocolate-y cup sounds so good right about now, Darlene! Whipped cream, please!

      Thanks for stopping by ...

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  14. As I am running around like crazy trying to prepare for my store, this post really spoke to me. I need to slow down a bit and take some moments to be with Him. Thank you for the reminder. xx

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    1. I love how He uses those moments with Him to give us fresh energy and a renewed creativity. Thinking of you as you set up shop, as you share your giftedness with the world!

      Blessings, friend.

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  15. We're so good at avoiding what we really need to notice, aren't we? Thank you for your beautiful reminder that we need to take time to look deep within ourselves and notice our hurts so we can find healing.

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    1. mmm ... yeah, that's well said, Anita. We've gotten good at the masks, the busy busy life. It only works for so long and then we begin to realize we're longing for something more.

      Thanksgiving joys to you ...

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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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