How do you dance when you want to cry?

How do you find the will to dance when the rain has turned into a hail storm pounding on your spirit?

Texas Sunset
Texas Sunset

Today in the very act of celebrating human perseverance and endurance a random act of vicious hatred stopped us in our tracks and knocked us off our feet.  We want to know why, but even if we get an  answer we still can’t fathom the choice to murder innocents.

As Americans our differences fade at times like this and we stand stronger as one.

On a personal level, I got a message on facebook today that my uncle had passed away.  Over the weekend, one co-worker had unexpectedly lost his wife leaving him with two small children; another co-worker’s son was in a horrible car wreck and is in the trauma center. A whole family, not far from our home town was killed by a drunk driver, and then I get in the car and hear about the violence in Boston.

Yes, as Christians we are told to praise the storms. They build character; make us stronger. God won’t give us more than we can handle.  We hear these platitudes over and over again.

Oh, but I think we get more than we can handle all the time. The trick is how we deal with the overwhelming aches. Does your faith get you through? 

Before I even received half of the news above, today I was talking with my principal. We were wondering how people get through life without faith. It is through my faith I gain strength when I’m at my weakest.

Yes, we are to celebrate and praise even in the hard times, but we also need a time to weep and mourn.

Matthew 11:28, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

 One thing we can do is pray and send positive thoughts of peace to the world.  Back in January a friend blogged about world peace. Kinley, I think we could use a little more optimistic wishes today, so I’m sharing your post from January.

http://kinleybaker.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/a-ridiculously-optimistic-resolution-for-the-pageant-dream-of-world-peace/

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  1. Diana Beebe

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Jolene! My faith keeps me strong and helps me find peace, too.

    I have friends who are agnostic (don’t believe in any religion or higher power). They deal with loss with love and compassion. They don’t feel as if they are missing anything.

    Kinley’s post is fabulous. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Joni Hahn aka Sophie Greyson

    Jolene, what a horrible few days. My gosh. We should all appreciate everything we have in each and every moment.
    I’m with Diana on this one. My faith keeps me strong and brings me peace. I don’t know how I could survive without it.

    Hang in there. Prayers are hitting the airwaves.

    • jolenenavarro

      Thanks Joni. I’m good. I just think sometimes we forget it is okay to feel sad and still be able to find peace and joy in the storms.

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