"Suffering is universal, no one escapes it. The question is and will always be what form your particular suffering will take? Each one of us will suffer. Your pain is the concrete way in which you participate in the pain of humanity. When we realize this, we see reflected back the other forms of pain worn by our brothers and sisters who live and have lived on this same rock. Our pain connects with their pain, and when our eyes are open to this, there is validation - we’re not crazy, we’re not alone. All of mankind cries out for mercy."
watching stories I’ve grown up holding dear come to life in an entirely new way, so thankful for the way francine river’s sews her words together & ultimately so thankful for GRACE.
I’m just feeling particularly blessed, because my favorite month started two days ago, and I had time to crochet a whole hat that day, too. And as I was taking the entrance ramp onto the highway yesterday, with the windows down and my favorite music playing, I laughed out loud at the man who felt the need to accelerate a whole ton just so he could beat me onto the highway. And I thought to myself “what a shame that he’s in such a hurry to get somewhere.” But then I remembered a week ago that would’ve been me, and I smiled and said a quick prayer of thanks because THIS is what this season is // was supposed to be about all along. I’m learning balance. God’s making me learn balance, and it’s beautiful, and “no” is ok.