On Community and Loss

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A couple of weeks ago, the bottom dropped out from under me or should I say, the sky fell on top of me. Now, this isn’t the first time hard times have fallen on me. I have many, what I refer to as “Job Seasons”, where multiple situations arise all at once. This particular situation has just been different in some way.

See, I live in Louisiana, Baton Rouge to be exact. As many of you are aware of, my city and surrounding cities were recently engulfed by flood waters. Seriously, probably about 90%-95% of people have lost homes, businesses, vehicles or all of the above. Even 3 of my church’s campuses were flooded. It’s been surreal to say the least.

I, personally have lost the majority of my furniture and my car totally has water in places that it shouldn’t. I’m waiting on government aid and have been car-less for almost two weeks. I have almost been at my wits end. Every day ends in tears of some degree.

My situation is just one of many here. There is so much need! I am not one of a few. I am one of hundreds of thousands. That can become completely overwhelming when you’re single with no close family. I have felt quite lost and alone and lonely. Honestly, I wish someone could “adult” for me.

BUT GOD! 

I do love a BUT GOD moment!

In the midst of loss and devastation and heartache, I have experienced the goodness and faithfulness of God unlike ever before! I have felt His presence in the most palpable way. My prayers have become even more honest and His answers even more obvious.

I’ve learned some things about loss and community that I think we all could benefit from.

To read the rest, join me over at Incourage!

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