Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stories about Community

One of the things I like best about Classical Conversations is the chance to be in community with so many women who care deeply about their families but are also very real about the tough times.

I was reminded of that when I read this post, Joy Comes in the Morning, from the Pioneer Woman. See if you feel the same way.
It’s simply what we do. We wave goodbye to our friends, clean out the coffee pot, start the dishwashers, then spend time reflecting on all the good times—not just during the most recent get-together, but also in years past.

Last Friday I posed a question in the Photography section of Pioneer Woman. What do you fight in your life?

I received over 10,000 responses from people listing things that challenge them in their daily lives. There were funny things like “laundry”, “Fisher Price toys”, “dog hair”, and “Twinkies.” But overwhelmingly, the responses were more weighty: prejudice against a disabled child, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, stress, obesity, grief over a lost child or spouse or parent.

It’s reassuring to know that while so many people struggle and have pain, they’re also living their daily lives, smiling and laughing at the good times and embracing what’s important.
I know you all have stories of your own to add. That's what we do, isn't it? We share our lives and our stories as we model to each other what it looks like to love the Lord in a hurting world.

Philippians 2:1-2: If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

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