A giraffe is unlike any other animal. The zebra however could be mistaken for a small horse that paused too long in front of a graffiti artist. That’s why the zebra became the mascot for rare diseases. But this isn’t a post about a chronic illness or even about my journey with a rare and wily disease. This conversation is more specifically about gaining perspective in the wake of any given wave that rocks your boat.
You can’t tell me you’ve never blundered; never embarrassed yourself with a mistaken word or a committed or omitted action. Can you? Please tell me you have a similar story. I hate to think I’m the only one out there perpetuating mess-ups. Laughter is good for the soul, and a foolproof checklist is good for the heart.
If we live long enough you and I will stare down many harbors of heartache. The burial of a loved one. Betrayal. The loss of a career. A chronic illness. Financial disaster. The list is long. Right now you might feel stuck in a season of sorrow. Or have a friend who is camped in a hurting place. This resource is for you.
Drawers, cupboards, closets, sheds, and garages full of stuff. Unorganized excess. Baggage—emotional and physical saved for someone else to sift, sort, dispose of or save in an unbroken cycle of disorganization and distraction. We all come face-to-face with our stuff and sometimes we find ourselves buried in the stuff of loved ones. And yet . . . let’s talk about it.
That Palm Sunday morning when I looked up at the cross, the view had changed since my Saturday morning visit. A long table flanked the cross. A water bottle sat in front of it. And a cut piece of firewood stood on one arm of the cross. That wasn’t right! I’m guilty of adding clutter to the cross. Maybe you are too?
We can hold a hurting friend, cry with her, wash her dishes, pick her kids up from school, and fix a supper, but when we pray Scripture over her, we’re giving her a gift that God promises to sink deep into her soul and give it roots. In today’s post, I’m sharing 12 of the verses I pray over my suffering sister-friends.