I want to apologize right now.
The following image is not pretty.
But, I think it conveys how so many of my friends are feeling right now.
I have two friends whose marriages are very solidly in the danger zone, one dear family member whose reputation has been smeared un-rightfully so, more than one friend who is struggling financially, one friend whose niece is depressed to the point of attempting to take her life, two friends who were laid off and are still looking for a job after many weeks of seeking, one who just admitted to struggling with an addiction, one friend who just said he’ll probably have to change jobs because the one he has is no longer supporting him, a friend whose father just passed away, one whose cat died after 19 years of companionship…. The list goes on and on.
They each have every right to feel like poo.
I am merely their friend, and in some cases, not their very closest, but they each confided in me and asked me to pray for their individual situations. I have been and I will continue to, because I care so much for them and I believe with everything in me that prayer makes a difference. And in some cases, it’s the only thing I can do.
I am confident that in the end good will come. I also believe that the plan is known and is being revealed, albeit excruciatingly slow in some cases. And I know that there can be peace that passes all understanding. I am asking for each of these things for every single one of my friends who is hurting, worried, sad, confused, crying, striving, stumbling, stretching, seeking…trying.
I guess, though, I just want them to know it’s okay to feel like poo.
Sometimes circumstances call for it.
Hang in there.
I love you,