Doing Hard Things, But Not Alone

For one of our Summer Book Groups I have been reading Becoming Wise – An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett. There are gems all through the book. One that I found especially resonant was in response to a question of facing a really difficult situation.

You know, the question isn't whether we're going to have to do hard, awful things, because we are. We all are. The question is whether we have to do them alone.

We keep seeing studies that people, particularly as we age, stay healthier and more independent when connected in relationship – whether that is family or church. Interesting dialectic – more independent when in connection. Doing hard things, but not alone.

I think this fits also with the trinitarian, 3-form way we think of God. God is plural. God is not alone, and also does not leave us alone. We are accompanied, as we wade through the hard things we do. We are accompanied by God and by the community we gather with in faith.

This community of St. Stephen's is a great place to find companions for the hard things we do. Thanks be to God!

Gratefully, Jeannie