I am so weary.
Weary of heartbreak coming at me from all sides, of the late night messages from friends harassed by ex husbands, of a mother who is in fear for her sanity, for her life, for her very soul, trying to keep it together for children with nowhere else to turn. Weary of the “widows and orphans” of our age being shunned for being victims of abuse or neglect, for being brave enough to believe that no man is better than an abusive one, or just simply for being single. Shattered to my very core by the grief my friends are forced to carry alone because of the insecurity of others.
I am angry.
This heartbreak will not go away, it will not be squashed, comforted into a mere inconvenience. It will not be ignored. The One I turn to in heartbreak, exhaustion and sorrow is angry too! His Grief will not be denied, and He demands we do better. The Jesus who revealed Himself to the Samaritan woman at the well demands we do better than this. The Spirit, grieved and grieving, demands the church be a place of family for those without.
Will you sit with the pain? Will you allow it to change you, to galvanize a resolve to do better in you? Will you love well, and constantly, not for recognition or applause, but because if you don’t, who will?
Will you say, “No More!”
No more distracting, no more demurring for a peaceful life, no more crossing to the other side. The women on the edges of our communities deserve fullness of life, all of them; the divorced, the widowed, the single. The ones we would rather not see because they reveal our fears writ large and painful. They deserve the same loud, rambunctious and messy family we long for; an interfering, bossy, nosy band of sisters and brothers who will stand in the gap with them. A family who will walk all the way with them, be a place of healing and joy and growth. They deserve a family who will fight for them.
Our family needs them. I need them. I need to be reminded to depend more fully on Jesus, and to be grateful for small lovely moments so easily missed as I rush to yet another game/meeting/dinner.
The Church needs them. The Church, the beautiful living expression of Jesus’ body on earth that is called to transform the earth, needs the wounded Warrior Women to lead, to share, to disciple us in the Broken Way. We need their voices and their tears. Because in them we see Jesus. A Jesus who always sought out and loved the broken and the lost over the put-together and in-charge.
Will you invite our sisters to belong first? Will you invite those who have no money, to come, buy and eat?
We need you! You are not a burden or an inconvenience, you are our family and without you, we are Less Than, we are incomplete.
Forgive us who have flitted into your lives, when it was convenient, and out of them again when we got “busy”. Forgive us for allowing a culture of insecurity, lust and pride to determine who we “let” our husbands care for. Forgive us for abandoning you to pass holidays, school plays, football games and recitals alone. Forgive us for not sitting with you when it is unbearably hard and lonely. Please hold us to account. Please reach out, and please forgive our faltering attempts to love those whose daily lives expose our idolatry of safety and security.
Let us be a family curated by The Master for one another.