Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Day 22 of 30 Days of Thankfulness (Safe Places)
On Tuesday nights we have a women's bible study at church. Last night was the second night in our new book. I missed the first night because I had a Relay for Life meeting. I missed the entire last series because of a mix of Relay for Life, strep, and what ever that flu like mess was that we all had. It had been way too long since I had sat in that room with that group of ladies.
We had a lot of new women there. That was wonderful. We heard a lot of stories. Ones that would make you laugh and ones that would make you cry......... And I can't tell you about any of them.
That is what this post is actually about. What a blessing to have a place where you know you can voice your fears, your hopes, and your concerns and know it isn't going to be the topic of next Sunday's sermon (or that if it is it was a God thing and not a gossip thing). How many of us have a safe place to share those things and know that those fears, hopes, and concerns will be met with love, caring, and compassion instead of judgement. As people, but especially as women, we weren't made to go it alone here on earth. We long for friendship and for support. We need to share those things but so often we do only to have those hurts and fears used against us in some way.
I was thinking what a blessing it is to find a place where it is safe to share those things and feel nothing but love in return.