Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Common Unity


So if you’ve been following my blog you know that this last month has been sorrowful. I openly process a lot of my emotions here. Even if I don't share all of the details I try to share the essence of my heart. But today I don’t feel like venting. Today I’m grateful. I met with a couple of people last night to prepare for Sunday’s church service. We prayed together at the end of our rehearsal and I shared a little bit about what’s going on: just like here, all heart and no details.

Encouragement. That’s what I said I needed as tears rolled down my face and my throat closed up (which I hate, hate happening in front of people). And before we even prayed, that request was answered.  My two friends shimmered transparent for me. They shared their own experiences and poured their courage into my soul.

But they weren’t the first. I knew that I wanted to write this post even before rehearsal. Some days my emotions are carefully swaddled, a little numb but safely wrapped in soft cotton. Other days I just feel raw. Monday was a raw day. And then I opened my email. There waiting for me was sweet missive, a reply to a comment I’d made, that basically said, ‘me, too.'

Me, too. What an idea, what a message. I am not alone. From the BFF far away who texts almost as soon as I post saying, ‘I’m here when you are ready to talk and I love you’ to the friend who sits with me late into the night as I cry and vent. The mentor who interrupts her day to listen, pray and advise, and YOU!

Yes, I said, you; you precious readers who show up and shower me with loving comments even when I’m less than sparkly. You brave bloggers who willingly open up your lives and risk being vulnerable to share your stories. You are an essential part of my life now; a part of my ‘me, too’. You pour your courage into me.

For that, I thank you.
Blog Med Sig 4



Joining Emily and friends in a common unity

29 comments:

mountain mama said...

i agree - there is something powerful when someone says "me too", "i've been there" or "i understand."

your words are very heartfelt~

thank goodness for support ~ be in friends in real life or friends in the blogger world!

partialemptynester said...

Oh, sweet joybird, me, too, me, too, me, too!!! Gotta love transparency!

David N. said...

And thank you! Isn't it amazing how encouraging an online community like this can be?

Elaine said...

Be encouraged sister/writer/friend in Christ.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. and that is power of cummunity...we all need it..

happygirl said...

Me too. I am PROUD to be among the readers and followers. I get such encouragement and clarity. Clarity from seeing my thoughts in front of me. Encouragement from readers like you, Joybird.

Carrie Burtt said...

Joybird you are also a blessing to others....thank you for sharing your heart with us! :-)

nic said...

i could swim in gratitude for all the me too's. you are known and cherished and prayed for.

ELK said...

it is indeed a powerful yet gentle place among blogging friends .. love the photo!!

Jodi said...

The fellowship of the saints keeps us afloat as we actively wait. God bless you in this time of grieving and healing.

imoomie said...

So much burden is lifted when we realize, and are given the gift of "not alone". What a blessing!

Love the picture!

Rachel said...

About your comment on my blog about U2 their song walk On has been one of those songs that has helped me walk on and bring a lot of healing and Divine Romance sung by Phil Wikham is another very special song that has helped me in the healing process. So glad you enjoyed my play list!

Meryl Jaffe said...

You are so right about encouragement, but I would like to take it even further. Encouragement and a smile!

ANd, not just for troubling moments, but for kids in school when taking intellectual risks, for writers putting themselves on the line, for all of us. The power of a smile and encouraging word... How powerful!

Thanks for the lift,
Meryl Jaffe
http://departingthetext.com

Old Ollie said...

JB - thanks for the thoughtful comments. Keep on blogging your honest blogs.

Cindy said...

Tears of awe at the little miracles He orchestrates...thank you...

emily wierenga said...

oh friend...

you have no idea how your comments encourage me, every time. i do believe you have the gift of encouragement. don't give up, sister. i've grown to love you, so.

thank you for being open with us, friend. xo

LauraX said...

none of us are every alone... all we need to do is ask and a kind person will likely come to our aid...and maybe the aid is a smile, or a simple phrase "me too." I'm so grateful you are feeling loved and heard and comforted. Perhaps this is our main task here on earth; to be compassionately present to one another.
gentle steps

keLi said...

with you on the hatred for crying in front of people ... so with you.

but, during our House Group meeting last week, as we discussed what it meant to "do life together" as Christians, there was a line about friendship requiring vulnerability that really spoke to me.

even Jesus, knowing that people would disappoint him, still put himself out there.

so glad you're being brave about this...

alittlebitograce said...

Those "me toos" are often what keeps me going. I'm so blessed that God understands this and puts strategic people in our lives for that specific purpose.

p.s the monday post pictures were beautiful. was the smoke from a fire or a volcano? i couldn't quite figure it out.

Kati patrianoceu said...

Thank you for this! Sometimes I take the 'me too' as an offense, feeling the pride that no one can really understand what I'm going through. But that's so wrong. Solidarity is and should be one of the most meaningful forms of encouragement.

Farmgirl Paints said...

well this was just beautiful. what a sweet response..."me too". it is a beautiful way to let someone know that we all have been there and know. thank you for that.

Joybird said...

Hey Alittlebitofgrace, I couldn't find your email but the smoke in the "Hiking A Metaphor" picture was from the Station fire: a wildfire that burned in our mountains for over a month and started very near to my neighborhood. It did look like a volcano erupting. Our house had an eerie moonscape backdrop for a while.

Nancy said...

Those "me toos," I think are just reminders that we have a God who sees and sends dear friends to bear witness and walk with us along the way. I agree with those who say you have a gift for encouragement. Thank you for your encouraging words at my place. Your words are a blessing,

Melissa said...

This is beautiful...and I am thankful for your community and thankful that you are part of the community of bloggies that I love too! Look forward to knowing you better!

Abby said...

Joybird...precious are the tears of His saints, He holds them all and not a one is lost, the ones that roll down our cheeks but also, that stay in our throats and chests...

'me too' for surely i have been there though possibly not as deep and slightly different--but this life, it is raw and hard and we long for Home...

thank you for, as e. said, that heart of encouragement...Joybird...my name means 'source of joy' so that links us, i think:)

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Knowing someone else has been in your shoes or is walking the same road does give hope.

Thank you for your perspective on my post. The advice is well taken.

Blessings,
Janis

Connie@raise your eyes said...

GOD gives us what we need for the rough journey...Himself and each other...praying...

Jo@Mylestones said...

"Me too." Two of the most powerful, encouraging words to be uttered. So glad you heard/read them this week.

elizabeth said...

Sending you a me too, and a cyber hug. :)

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