shiny brite

I am experiencing a time of great contentment in my life.

This feeling of peace and joy is not something I take for granted. Our family has known hardship. We’ve wrestled with cancer, anxiety and depression, loss and grief, heartache and despair.

Life is a mix of sun and clouds, and the warmth of the sun on my face today is welcome.

But life is not shiny brite for everyone.

There is someone in my circle of friends and family who is suffering, and I’ve been walking the path alongside them.

I believe that illness is always blameless, no matter its shape or form. And that bad things happen to really good people. I understand that life is not fair.

And I believe there are things I can do to help.

From Everything Happens For a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, by Kate Bowler. . . a short list.

I’d love to bring you a meal this week. Can I email you about it?

You are a beautiful person.

I’m so grateful to hear about how you’re doing and just know that I’m on your team.

Can I give you a hug?

Oh, my friend, that sounds so hard.

Silence. Show up and shut up.

Life is hard and uncertain, but it is also beautiful and worthwhile.