“If I were going to begin practicing the presence of God for the first time today, it would help to begin by admitting the three most terrible truths of our existence: that we are so ruined, and so loved, and in charge of so little.”
Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
“I have learned that when sadness comes to visit me, all I can do is say “I see you.” I spend some time with it, get up, and say goodbye.
I don’t push it away, I own it.
And because I own it, I let it go.”
There was a point in my life recently where I completely broke down and realized that the path ahead of me was so long and wearisome. I had come very far, but the journey was not easy. I was weathered and felt like all my efforts had amounted to very little compared to the people around me. Walled in, I cried out to God, my lifeline of hope, and it humbled me.
We are so very broken. We are so very weak. But we are also so very loved, with a grace that can carry all our sadness, weariness and pain.
I look ahead of me, and breathe a sigh. I feel the sadness around me, but I also know that at the end of the journey there will be arms to beckon me Home – and that’s what I will keep walking toward.