In February of this year, I received a phone call that made me pull off to the side of the road in tears. It was a phone call for help. It was a phone call from the kid who was facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of my brother.
If you're reading this, your story is not over. Jesus wants us to have a life full of joy, hope and peace. Just remember that if ain't good, God ain't done. He works all things (even the things that seem hard right now) together for our good.
There are lessons to be learned inside its pages but it is not a preachy story in any sense. It is simply a story of people faced with bad events, rising above them to carry on with the help of God's grace.
Each of these communities brought its own sense of sacredness and grace to me as I continue to mourn my mother's death and celebrate her life. I have learned a great deal about what it feels like to be cared for.
Most people think acceptance has something to do with liking your circumstances. In truth, acceptance merely means recognizing the obvious, cooperating with the reality of it, and finding ways to move forward in spite of the situation.