Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Today my heart is heavy. Tears hover just beneath the surface, waiting for the smallest invitation. I have a couple friends that are going through really hard times right now. Facing troubles of proportions I cannot comprehend. Where their options are only between 'bad' and 'worse' and the heartache in front of them is measured in years and not days. In fact, it feels that everywhere I look, people I love are struggling, being beaten down by the circumstances of their life, some a result of their own unfortunate choices and others from no fault of their own.

And today the beauty in life feels overshadowed by how often things are just hard and dark and scary. How sad it is that our lives are almost guaranteed to come with heartache. And I find myself willing my children to stay small. To stay with me where I can guard their hearts and keep them safe. Where they never have to experience the pain of watching their child suffer or their dreams crumble before their eyes. Where they will never experience a morning where just getting out of bed seems more than they can bear. What I would give for them to always see the world through the rose colored gossamer that their blessed childhood affords them.

And more than ever before, I am thankful for my absolute belief that this isn't all their is. That this world is just a stepping stone in our journey, and better things are yet to come. And in that there is hope, even when this world seems void of it.
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Rev. 21:4
To my friends that are hurting, I am praying for you, and would give anything to ease your pain. I love you, and share your burdens in every step of my day.

13 comments:

Lori said...

Amen.

I'm sorry you have so many friends suffering right now. Sometimes the burdens of this life are so heavy and the darkness can be so, so dark at times. It's a scary place to be. I know your friends appreciate your prayers and your willingness to abide with them in their sorrow. It's all you can do.

slouching mom said...

Oh, Joy. You have a really big heart.

And as lori said so well, that you are "willing to abide with them in your sorrow" is something. Truly. Many people cannot do that.

Hold tight.

slouching mom said...
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slouching mom said...

oops, that's "abide with them in THEIR sorrow."

yours too, i suppose.

Beck said...

You are a good friend.
And I think everyone is a bit sad right now, so you're in good company, too.

Kyla said...

You are a good friend, Joy. When things are hard, having good friends sharing it with you makes a big difference. Bad things makes people want to run for the hills and it really is a rare friend who sticks by you through it, grieving and hoping alongside you.

Lisa writes... said...

If only for this world we have hope, we are certainly to be pitied! I totally get the desire to keep my children young, and innocent, and full of joy. Already I see them making decisions...and bearing consequences...that have the potential to alter the rest of their lives. Scary! But our God is faithful, this world is not all there is, and He holds the victory!

May your friends know the strength and comfort that only He can give, and may He use these circumstances, however difficult, to show Himself extraordinarily faithful.

painted maypole said...

joy. so sweet. thank you for sharing the hope and joy that you KNOW, that you BELIEVE, that you EXPECT.

the dragonfly said...

It is so hard to watch anyone we love suffer. The thought of my child suffering, feeling pain...it nearly breaks my heart. I am so thankful that we have friends to sustain us, and the Author of Life to wipe away our tears.

Chrissy said...

Your friends are blessed to have you.

Sandy said...

I'm sorry for what your friends are going through. Thank you for the heart-felt post. Friends like you are so important!
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Amanda said...

Bless you and those you love, friend.

flutter said...

This is lovely of you, you have a very sweet heart