I’m praying for two women I’ve never met in person.
They are in my blogging community. One in Southern Africa, one in the United States. Each was bereaved recently.
I’m also praying for a blogger and his beloved wife in England. She has been undergoing cancer treatments.
Some people may be surprised that we care so much when another blogger hurts. But we do, especially when someone has a health scare or experiences a loss.
Through blogging, we get to know each other’s stories. We read about each other’s lives, families, dreams, disappointments, and triumphs.
We rejoice over the good times: a daughter passes her exams; a parent’s health improves; a husband gets a better job.
So why wouldn’t we also hope and/or pray that a blogger – or a spouse – will triumph over a serious illness?
Why wouldn’t we feel a terrible sadness when the husband of a blogger-friend dies suddenly?
Bloggers know that life changes when we least expect it. That the challenge is to learn, accept, adapt. Which is so easy to say, and so hard to do.
There is such pain in the world.
But also, such hope. Such kindness.
And such courage.
We see that every day in each other’s blog posts.
And we know that, sometimes, just taking the next step is an act of courage.
Dedicated to the persons mentioned in this post, and to all who currently feel buffeted by life’s strong winds. All these flowers are for you.
Photos by Hamlin Grange