<photo by me @ Moss Landing, CA>
Darkness looms at some point in all of our lives … grief, sickness, addiction, loneliness … < you fill in the blanks>
It has been over 6 years since Jake suffered his stroke. A child literally thrown into a world decades older than his age. ‘They’ say that time heals all wounds. News flash! Time has not put a dent into the pain or the reality of this battle.
How long have you been carrying your burden? If it has been more than a year, it’s time to get over it. JUST GET OVER IT!! Oh really? What world do you live in?
Yet, at times, it feels as if the world judges our trials in that way. Perhaps those judging have never faced darkness.
The reality is that there are events in our lives that we will never get over.
What? Wait! Never get over? Do you mean I may never get over this?
I can now breathe a sigh of relief because I have permission to shout that it’s okay not to be okay!
Over the past six years, I have met people who are living with unimaginable loss and still carry the pain. However, they have found a way to move forward in life, in a joyful way. I want what they have!
As I try pressing forward, it has been the hardest part of the journey. Life as we knew it is now a distant memory. Outside of a miracle, there will always be deficits with my child. Deficits .. sounds like the budget. Disabilities! Okay! I said the word … Disabilities!
What unseen scars do you carry daily? They are hard to heal. Yet they do represent survival along with a lifetime of lessons.
Do I have all of the answers on moving forward? Absolutely not. This is a journey in progress.
The Pressing Toward Joy thought for you and me today is … our words. ‘Change your words … change your life.’ Could our conversations be affecting and contributing to our worry? Pray and meditate on that thought …
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
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