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January 17, 2010

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Elaine Power

So true are your words Jeanne people forget the one's closest I feel a sad start to the year as I too have friends that are loosing close family members, unfortunatly this is the cycle of life we all live in & we have to be strong for the people who are living.

Tracy

Wow, Jeanne - thank you for writing this. Suffering and loss are the hardest things we go through as humans. Doing *something* is such a great encouragement and reminder to all of us because inevitably we will all experience this. Being there for someone will help *train* (if you will) those around you for that time you will need them. I love the verse at the end.

Sending you big hugs of comfort right now ... pass it along to your friend in mourning. I can't imagine. xoxo

Julie

Beautiful post, Jeanne. So true. It's easy to feel helpless, but doing something, even if it's small can have such a big impact, often more than we know.

Zita-Mlle Magpie

So true, Jeanne. And I really do believe in those little everyday kindnesses, that over the long run really amount to a lot. And sometimes even those little things can be life-changing for someone. Plus it makes it easier to reach out in bad times when you're practicing little kindnesses everyday, don't you think?

Martha

Doing something is always better than nothing....that is definitely true!

the wild raspberry

if this doesn't touch a person in the depths of their heart...nothing will.

so well said

did i ever tell you thanks for sending the link to the lady who died of cancer?
i'm so glad i watched it...such a wonderful reminder of the bigger picture.

thanks jeanne~

chasity

Mikal

Oh my... I have chills from your post! This is such a true statement. I've always said that if every person could just do a little, we could conquer so much!

Have a wonderful day... I'll be praying for those you mentioned.

Mikal

Debra

Wonderful post!

mkg

Thank you very much for sharing your heart and your words. I truly agree. It is the desire of my heart also to love and serve others and not just to care about them from a distance.

Flower Patch Farmgirl

This is so in line with all that I've been feeling, for quite some time now. I believe that when we ask God to make us aware of the suffering around us, He will. And then, it's up to us to get off our rears and do something about it! I have one very specific thing in mind that I believe Jesus layed on my heart to do this week...and I am determined to do it. It's not a big thing, won't require much $, just my time. And I think it will bless the recipient, but will probably bless me more. Have you ever heard of Nooma videos? We watched one in Sunday School a few weeks ago called "Corner" and I can't stop thinking about it...and I hope that I don't.

Courtney Walsh

I admit I am sometimes guilty of not knowing what to do when someone suffers terrible loss. But I believe that even if our attempts are awkward and clumsy the intent behind them is what touches someone's heart.

Suffering seems to be everywhere...and growing by leaps and bounds... and I wonder if my own suffering has been God's attempt to remind me to rely on HIM for my needs. Instead of thinking I can handle things myself. Instead of feeling like I have everything under control.

I am praying for your neighbors who lost their baby. It's just too sad to imagine.

Great post, Jeanne. Encompasses a lot of what I've been feeling lately.

DreamGirlLisa

So true. Sometimes we don't know what to do and we wind up doing nothing. If we make an effort to be more aware though, we can make a difference to someone when they really need it. Thank you for reminding me :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama

I read about her husband yesterday and it nearly broke my heart thinking it could have been me... and when you put yourself in someone's place even for a second, you can't go back and think about them with indifference. I'd say that it most likely the sweet message of Jesus's love and I love that you posted on this! Wonderful verse at the end too.

elisa hernandez

Good post. My best friend and I were pregnant with boys (our first sons) unfortunatly she lost hers at 5 months. She has loved my son as her very own and the first three years on the anniversary of his death I would send her flowers and give her a call just to remind her that we still remembered his life. All the milestones that my son did (walking, baseball, saying "I love you") left her in heart wrenching tears and all I could do was sit silently next to her while she grieved. Your right the hurt continues for such a long time and it's so important to be there when everyone walks away.

Melanie magpie

Oh Jeanne, You have read my diary. I have been living brokenhearted for 3 years.Like I have shared briefly with you, we have been oppressed for a- season. It is weird people don't know how to reach out... its like you live behind glass. The smallest overtures of kindness are like air. I feel every word you wrote... it is so true. My lesson is to partake in the joys and sufferings of others because that is what HE does. Well said sister.
Your sentiments are so timely.

amy

this is real living, jeanne! i want to live like this. pray, but keep listening for ways to do, too. love you.

amy

and doing it.=)

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

Wonderful post Jeanne. There has been so much loss lately...it is just overwhelming sometimes. I loved every bit of what you had to say. Thanks for saying it girlie.

Jennifer

What a wonderful post, Jeanne. Thank you...thank you for sharing these thoughts. It has made me ponder how I can better help some loved ones in my own life who are struggling with trials of their own.

Love your blog so much...

karlene

you are good with words, my friend! I love the quote, it inspires me, and I will go to prayer.

Lee Ann

What a touching post Jeanne. Your words, "Just do something" were the words I needed to hear tonight. Today a friend at work got called away because her 17 yr old son found his father- her husband dead on the floor at home. Sometimes you don't know what to say but that doesn't matter. Just letting her know that I care is a start.

Thank you Jeanne. Your words were beautiful and I loved the scripture.

Lee Ann

Tiffany ~ Shabby Scraps

thank you, thank you for this jeanne. While I try to practice what I preach, it can so easily be forgotten or pushed to the wayside in our busy lives. Your biblical and other quotes were just the ones I needed to hear today, as I draw nearer to the Lord, and outstretch my arms to those in need as well. I think your message should be shouted from the mountain tops for all to hear and heed.
Thank you....
xoxo, Tiffany

Traci

thank you! you have put into words what has been in my heart. beautiful post jeanne. thanks for incorporating the scripture into it too. we can never get too much of that. xo!!

meg duerksen

i know who i will helping....or at least trying to help...showing we care. there is so much hurt all around us.

A pocket full of posies...

Beautiful post...and so true...
Blessings!
Jill

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