Part of doing life is enduring all things. It may feel weird to get practical when it comes to raw, but strategic thinking coupled with a compassionate heart could bless the lives of your people as you mourn together.
Sometimes we get front row seats to our people’s deepest pain. For those who are in proximity to tragedy, we can come alongside with hope.
When 72 years of marriage “sure did fly by,” you know this life is quick. So within this love story is a prompt. What story do you tell?
Maybe you have grown your tribe of two into one including children… and an entirely new level of 7-ness has been birthed in the wake of their entrances. Parenting is an adventure no matter what. Parenting with a 7 is breathless wonder. After about 12 years of parenting together, there are some things I’ve come to expect.
Five women sat together, hunkered into a couch and chairs in Dallas, TX, while I hopped on a zoom call to hear their hearts on their unique friendship. You guys… they let me crash their girl’s night for this interview — and they were fun.
Great friendships are costly. Like anything worthy of depth and value they aren’t cheap, or causal. They last… because investments have been made that build relational equity rich with history and understanding, shared moments and common cares. They thrive because life was poured out for it.
The people we journey with matters. Isn’t it true that our traveling companions flavor and even shape our lives with the outpourings of their hearts?! Reading through Pilgrim’s Progress with my kids has recently compelled a belief that we all need a Faithful and a Hopeful to journey with.
All over scripture we see the phrase “looking at them,” or “turning his gaze towards them,” or when Jesus saw…” We know one thing for sure, Jesus did not avoid his people. Maybe you wonder at his interest. Maybe you aren’t sure where you stand before him. Maybe you aren’t sure he would look directly into your eyes if given the choice, so it may be of interest to see some examples of a variety of people he engaged. They are imperfect. So are we. He is still looking.
I can think of few gifts more powerful than to know there is an unwavering love that does not hinge on moment by moment valuations of an offering, or even calculated chemistry, but a steadfastness of love that endures.
Sharpeners are to be treasured, because not everyone will linger long enough to see your life, observe the beauty and recognize the vulnerabilities and gaps, and ALSO be willing to show them to you.