Last year, during the 31 Days challenge, I wrote a post on Rest. You’re welcome to read it, of course, but I’m going to share the meat of it here.
In that post, I talked about how some days of October 2012 were hard. There were days I didn’t have the emotional strength or energy to share anything else, especially a prayer for hurting people. And I realized that I, too, was hurting, much like the people I was trying to pray for.
It’s another blessing of community. We hurt together. We cry together. We sit in mourning together. We wrestle through the hard stuff together.
If you feel alone reading this, with no one else understanding your pain, please pause a moment. Take off the blinders that keep you from seeing the hurting people right next to you. If you don’t have anyone right next to you, if you have been isolated from the fellowship of community with believers who know and love God, go find them. We are not meant to live alone. We are not meant to hurt alone.
Two: God has put us in community to help one another.
Three: God meets us where we are, in the middle of our hurting and pain.
The lyrics of this song give me such peace. God the Father whispers to your heart and mine:
Hush my child. Fall into My arms.
I’ll give you rest right where you are.
Yes, I know, you feel lost and alone.
Let me hold you. How I love you.
If you’re reading this in an email, click through to listen to and view the video of this song by Derri Daughtery and Ellie Bannister: