9/11, Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, fires on the west coast, three friends starting treatment for cancer today, a friend who lost her friend and her friend's son to suicide last week...I could share more of what's on my heart but needless to say, my heart is heavy.
It aches for the troubles, the struggles, the unknowns, the losses. It feels for those in need, whether it be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual needs.
The old me would have sat in a pit of despair, in too deep to function, stuck in the truth that there is too much hurt, too much pain in this world. Hiding under the covers would seem like a reasonable place to spend the day...
But not today.
Today I am here - I get to be here. And as much as the sadness calls my name to stay in and hide, there is love that needs to be shared.
There are texts of encouragement to write, phone calls to make, muffins to be made, prayers to be said, there is a memorial to attend and money/clothing to be donated.
Yes, the temptation is there to sit in the pit but that would only cause more darkness, for me and for those where I am meant to shine a light of love.
Can you relate to the heaviness of my heart today? If so, I invite you to join me and...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
And choose to live out love today to those who need it. From the firemen in your community and the new neighbor up the road to the stranger in Houston, Barbuda and Montana. We can't do it all, but choose to do what is yours to do today.
We were not made in the spirit of fear but in the Spirit of love. I hope you will join me today in not letting the weight of the world's problems weigh us down but instead allow it to propel us into action, living out love today where it is needed, near and far.
With love and hope,
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."
- 2 Timothy 1:7