Sisters in Spirit is a series of blog posts by a group of women who felt a spiritual perspective was lacking from the steady stream of news and information that flowed through their daily lives. They each agreed to carve out a space on their blogs on a monthly basis for a spiritual conversation. The topic this month is: how do we praise, even during the storm?
Oh, nelly. This topic couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. The waters are choppy and the storm is raging.
My grandmother’s memorial is next week. I’m struggling with the thought of even having to see my grandfather. His pain. His loss. I am an empathetic gal, and I’m talking myself into a place of strength and grace for this service.
I know I’ve written much about her here – and how much I miss her. I won’t belabor the point. I will, however, praise God for bringing this woman in my life and for letting her have such a rich, beautiful time.
There are a couple key difficult people in my life who delight in making my life more difficult. I’ve been wrestling with this for several years. Last week I wrote about apathy – how I’d talked myself into a place of simply not caring anymore. And then my friend Meg sent an email reminding me we are called to care. For everyone. Not just those who are pleasant – but everyone. She said, “We all want love. We want to be love, to feel love. Even the difficult ones.”
And so, I praise God for bringing me friends like Meg who keep me on track. And for putting difficult people in my life because it challenges my capacities for kindness.
And then there is love love. It can be so great, and so painful. I know little for certain on the matter other than to feel it for a moment is better than not at all.
I praise and thank God for giving me the chance to love with hope and intensity, with a heart that somehow remains open.
I don’t know about you — but I need God more when I’m in pain. Sometimes I feel like we go through storms to remind us of our need for Him. I cry out. I pray. I fast. I need to be more cognizant of praising Him when I’m happy, not just when I’m in need. As Beth Moore says, “He brings us out, to pull us back in.”
On the other side of this storm, may there be mercy and grace.
I hope you continue this conversation by reading and commenting other perspectives on Christianity with my other Sisters in Spirit. Become part of the conversation:
Rebekah is a blogger, amateur photographer, and missions volunteer with Adventures in Missions. A lifetime of being a pastor’s kid, attending church regularly, and a private Christian school education gave her a lot of knowledge about the nuances of theology without a lot of faith. Now she’s trying to figure out how faith and theology applies to her relationships and daily life. You can find her online at www.honeysucklelife.com. (on leave at the moment)
Sarah is municipal attorney, mom to a toddler boy, and United Methodist’s pastor’s wife. (She does not play the organ.) She is a life-long Missouri girl with a heart for hospitality and social justice. Sarah enjoys cooking, running, knitting and embroidery, reading, and playing in the sprinkler. Sarah blogs at www.beautyschooldropout.net
Bianca is a newlywed Navy wife from the great state of Texas (where she coincidentally currently resides), and she and her husband are expecting their first child in late summer. She has a passion for serving others, asking hard questions and sharing The Gospel with both her words and actions. Bianca loves Jesus, her hubs, authentic friendships, traveling, making lists of all kinds, and trying new recipes which she blogs about on BecomingBianca.com.