I’ve probably made it clear by now that there are some things in life that to me, are essential.
One is friendship, another relationships and then there are all the bits of icing on the cake that make life enjoyable. One of those is when you take time to write in and let me know your news and views on things I have written. I read every word of every e-mail and am amazed at how many people either are going through, or have been through really tough times; times that are emotionally draining; times that are painful; times that are bewildering; times that are frustrating; times of despair. And amongst that pain you take time to send me your views and experiences. So, I just want to say thank you. Thank you that you care enough to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard); that you care enough to put things that must be hard to write.
I hope that my words don’t seem trite; I have been in some really dark places (including an unexpected attack of serious depression) which at the time seemed like the world would end. There was no light at the end of the tunnel and no matter how hard I prayed, no light appeared. But thank God for friends who were prepared to stand by me and make themselves vulnerable so that I could open up to them, or even just sit with them in silence. Thank God that one of my friends was prepared to stick their neck on the line for me and say that they thought God was telling me that the light would soon be visible … even when I was in a desperate situation. And you know what? The light did appear; flickering and dim at first. But as it grew brighter and shone into my shadows, I could see where healing was taking place, where bits of me that were getting in the way had been stripped-off and where new shoots of hope were growing.
So whether you believe in God or not, all I can say is that I know from Him doing the impossible for me, that He is there and does care.
Thank you that you allow me into your lives and I hope that a bit of what I have to say through my ramblings may help you, whatever your situation.