Welcome to chapter four friends. We are so glad you are here with us. I am filling in for Megan, our amazing book club hostess because 3/4 of her babies are sick. We all know how it is to be up all night and wonder how on earth you are going to get through the next minute, let alone write a blog post. We are sending her all our love and prayers and trusting everyone is better soon.
Today, I get to introduce you to one of my favorite chapters, called “When Life Hurts Too Much” by Brooke. This chapter feels like a sacred pause to me. If we were all together in one room we’d be on our knees and passing kleenex boxes around. I know this because last April I had the chance to watch and listen as Brooke shared this story with some weary mamas in Austin, TX. Hurting hearts laid down heavy burdens that day. I was deeply moved. So much so, when it was my turn to speak next, I didn’t want to break into the preciousness of the moment. I remember thinking and saying, “Brooke, that was beautiful.” And it still is.
From Chapter 4:
When life hurst too much, we desperately search for a way out, clawing away from the point of pain. Pain by definition, hurts, makes us uncomfortable, and changes our perspective. And I’ve found that pain, disappointment, and challenge tend to make me question the God who made me.
“Do You not see me? Do You not love me?”
Why? Why would we choose to follow a God who allows our pain? Why give our hearts to a God who doesn’t always answer our desperate prayers the way we think is best? Why serve a God who allows our children to die, our spouses to get sick, our houses to burn and our kingdoms to fall?” p. 48
(Note from Brooke: Hey friends! I had to cut my video a bit short to get it on YouTube! So sorry. The part you can’t see simply says that if you’ve placed your faith in Jesus, He’s right there with you, right now. He’s never left you, never forsaken you, and is waiting with open arms for you to take the first step home.)
Friends, we realize that this chapter may have broke something wide open in your heart. We know that many of us have places we have shut off to the Lord due to grief or loss. Like Brooke said in this chapter, healing takes time. Part of the healing process is to invite the Lord back into that place that hurts too much. We would love to pray for you and with you today. If you would be brave enough to take the first step and leave a comment we promise to cover you in prayer.
We would especially like to invite moms who have experienced a pregnancy loss of any kind including miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, or failed adoption to leave a comment. For “Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Psalm 116:2. Our team will pray for you by name.
*To read more about Brooke’s experience of pregnancy loss, and the way God met her there, visit her blog, Surprised By Life.”