How Do We Stop Hiding From and Instead Open Ourselves Up to Community

The text slips in unexpectedly, “I’m with Barry at the emergency room.” It’s from Stephanie, fellow(in)courage cofounder, dear friend, business partner. Barry is her husband. My heart skips a beat.

“What’s wrong?” I write back, fear behind each syllable. They don’t know she tells me. Sudden symptoms. Spiking fever. Unanswered questions. “Do you want me to come?” I ask.

I sleep with my phone by the bed that night. I wake up to pray silently as I look at the ceiling.

In the morning she writes again, “Come this morning. Bring Starbucks.”

I throw off covers and jump in the car without make-up, a tossled mess of a ponytail on top of my head. I don’t even change clothes. I meet her in the lobby and she tells me that Barry is doing better but they’re still not sure what’s happening. We exchange words that thinly veil our worry and even dare to laugh. We remind each other that God is here, in this place…

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  1. Patricia Johnson says

    Just awsome….Holly just love the encourament you send, I too hide, and I’m coming out to fellowship now, I’ve spent a lot of time alone so its not always easy making yourself availabe, but when i see that I am making myself availabe to God, It is all worth it :) again thanks

  2. Lee says

    I’ve been there. It is so hard. But I remember telling someone that I hoped that even if my loved one didn’t get better, if the news had been that he’d died in the accident, that I would have still said, “God is good.” I think I would have, but we just never know til we are there, do we? All we can do is to keep letting God work on us, working us to His perfection and trusting Him.

  3. Sandy. says

    I Showed Up to Serve the Day After Vacation.
    Wore mySelf Out a Few Days Later.
    But. Raring to Go Again.
    Prayers. ♥ Peace. ♥ Love.
    “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life…”
    (Proverbs 21:21, NASB)

  4. Lucille says

    So glad he got better! It touched my heart especially because the church I’ve gone to for years does not even call me to ask how I’m doing even though they know that I have medical problems that prevented me from getting to church for months and it makes me feel like, “What’s wrong with me that nobody cares enough about me to pick up the phone and at least say, may I pray with you. Haven’t seen you for awhile. I miss you.”
    Makes my heart bleed.
    I’m establishing community now with a group of people from another church that meet for prayer on Tuesday mornings. God is good!!

    • Nancy says

      God is good! and you’re amazing and kind to do this with & for others. “Where sin abounds, grace superabounds…” Romans 5:20, 21

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  6. says

    I’m so glad you showed up that morning with my favorite chai latte and Chick-Fil-A. I took a breath when I saw you, maybe for the first time in 24 hours. Your presence that day and your friendship all the others has made a world of difference in my life. Love you!

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