A friend emailed that he is reading My Journey through Grief into Grace. I haven’t looked at the book since last December. I spent a morning reading through all that first year.
May I just say once again…THANK YOU!
So many people loved me during that time. You listened and cared, for me and my family. Thank you for all that you did.
And my husband is and was more than I could have ever asked for. He was my rock, my friend, my love through it all. He held me while I sobbed, listened when I talked, and corrected me when my thoughts turned to dark, wrong places. He still does all these things.
My prayer for our community is that we continue to love each other well. Especially that we love those who are hurting today, whether due to loss, illness, addiction, divorce, difficult financial times, or whatever the cause.
Let’s stop looking at the cause of their pain and stop judging them before we step up to love them. Yes, there is a time to look at the root of pain and help fix that.
But can we first simply love people? Can we first express empathy and caring? Can we stop the bleeding and bind up the wounds before condemning the one who is hurting? Can we choose to never condemn and always love?
Romans tells us that there is no place for condemnation in the lives of believers. I am no longer condemned, nor should I ever condemn anyone else.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 | NIV