There will be a Book Club this year. In the past, Book Club has been one of my favorite parts of my favorite time of year. It’s been exciting and energizing, but this year …...eeehhh.
It has been a hard year. I know I am not alone in this. My hard my not seem hard to you. Your hard my not seem hard to me. The thing is, we are not living each other’s hard. These hard things in our lives should be drawing us away from this world and to the more important—the Eternal.
Faith says not, "I see that it is good for me, so God must have sent it," but, "God sent it, and so it must be good for me.”- Streams in the Desert, May1st.
But still, life is……HARD! I know, I need a new word. If my kids continued to repeat the word ‘hard’, I would tell them to get out the thesaurus; to use a descriptive word. That would require me to use my brain, though, to think and to not feel “eeehhh” about life.
So, I am not as excited about this summer and Book Club as I have been in the past. I am, though, hopeful and full of longing. I look forward to meeting together with my fellow weary “runners”.
Jennie Allen, the author of our first book, Restless, uses this imagery to describe each of us. She describes being in a race and then over time, or because of our circumstances, we become tired (that is my answer to everything: “I am tired”) or hurt and we stop running the race because we can’t go on.
So then we sit along the side of the course. And we get comfy, or we get scared to join back in, and we don’t get up and rejoin the race. Restless is a great book. I have read it before, but now I will read it through new hurting eyes.
Come join us for book club this year. If you are hurting, longing, tired, searching, your people will be there—(me). If you are energized, excited, hopeful come join us—your people will be there, too! And some of us need you to help us get back in the race!
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