Where there are no words
And even breathing hurts
You’re my comforter
This will be my great redemption
That while I weep
You’ll set my feet to dancing
Cliche alert. Today, I want to thank you. I want to thank you for doing something I will probably never hear about.
sings “even breathing hurts”, I think to myself: I know that Pain. 17 years ago and 30 plus miles north in a red 4-bedroom apartment, I laid. Fetal position. Screaming into the night for Someone to rescue me from an internal plight I had no words for. Once my cries were spent and I returned to the numbing blue light of my computer screen in hopes that some project would distract me, something happened I will never forget. My roommate, @michaelbvaughn
, whom I didn’t even think was home, came into my room and - with no words - wrapped his arms around me from behind as my tear-stained face stared at the screen, not knowing how to take in this extraordinary kindness amidst the most agonizing season of my life.
Fast forward. Inside the era of “my great redemption”, a man came into my life who taught me how to steward my own soul. How to rise above circumstances and turmoil and choose to believe that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. @bcook_12
taught me how to dance when I’m weeping, how to praise when I’m angry, and how to come up over the trials of life and use the winds of adversity to climb higher into the skies of promise.
So today, friend, I want to thank you. These kindnesses were probably not as significant to these men as they were to me, as they were mere extensions of their own compassionate nature. There are things that you will do and words that you will speak that may come forth from you like one of a thousand exhalations across your day.
But they may be the very thing that teaches someone a profound truth like “you’re never alone” or “you always have a choice.” Someone needs you to simply be you. So I thank you for showing up today and doing something I will probably never hear about.
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