On the Walk to Emmaus weekends, we hear a message of Perseverance on Sunday, shortly before leaving the safety and security of our Tables and new friendships, similar to those comfortable caterpillars safely tucked into a chrysalis before emerging into the world.
I suspect that I speak for most of our Emmaus friends when I say that perseverance sounds much easier than it feels when the toughest situations come. During one particular challenging time that seemed like it would never end, I remember screaming “How do I put out this dumpster fire in my life? I !hate this situation and can’t put up with it one more day!!”
I was blessed to be around a bunch of non-blood sisters who reminded me that there is hope in every challenge, provided me with extra TLC, and put up with me continually. They graciously allowed me to scream and cry and act like a person who had no idea where my strength would come from. And at a certain point, each of them brought me back to earth in her own way. They all provided words of hope and joy and scriptures to read and listen to. I was told it was okay to get stuck in the muck as long as I didn’t unpack and move in, and it was time to pull myself together, face the challenge of life, trust God, pray, and walk forward with God.
Gratefully, I opened my eyes, ears and heart and moved forward one step at a time.
At all times, there are members of our community, our Emmaus brothers and sisters, who have been or currently are, in situations that are extremely difficult to manage. Let’s be those “non-blood” sisters and brothers, the faithful friends who reach out, support, pray, provide promises of hope, and remind each other to persevere through the hardest times, and mostly to LOVE each other through the stickiest muck.
If you are struggling to manage in a hard, hard situation, reach out to God, and to your friends, and hold onto the hope that is in Jesus Christ our Lord, that you are never alone.
Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
On Saturday, June 8 at 6:00PM, we will gather at Bethia UMC for a fellowship meal followed by music and worship. Childcare is provided by Bethia’s Safe Sanctuaries-approved team. A few people are needed to set up chairs and tables before the Gathering on Saturday afternoon. If you and/or your Reunion Group can do this, please contact Kevin Hughes by Saturday noon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susie Stough, CLD