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Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Sermon

On Twitter, I wrote, that I was dying my hair "screaming red." I suppose my definition of "screaming" needs some refinement, because I chickened out AGAIN and ended up with brown hair with red highlights.

I caused quite a ruckus when I came in for my appointment, because they got me mixed up with the other Nancy C in our small county. This Nancy C canceled my appointment when they called to confirm. When they told me this, I was so disappointed, I thought I would cry.

I know it's just a haircut. I know that it doesn't matter. But I'll just say it---it's been a hard few weeks. There's of course all of the sadness in blogland involving Monkey and Daffy. Then, in my own backyard, there's a cancer diagnosis and  a loss of a home to fire. Add in a mystery diagnosis here, family dysfunction there, a thirty year old getting a hysterectomy, and it all results in some serious fist shaking at the sky and a glass of anxiety with a paranoia chaser.

I was really counting on that haircut. When EVEN THAT fell through, I'll admit it: I cried in my car. I cried not for my lack of style, but for my lack of answers.

Of course, it worked out and I did get my haircut.

Of course, people are pulling together to help. (Click if you want to know about Monkey and Daffy.)

Of course people have made meals and pulled together clothing and their wallets to help out my backyard friends.

Of course.

It's hard to remember how good this world can be. Grace is the act of rebirth. With new eyes, we see how people reach out to friends and strangers. In weakness, love holds us. We learn, once again, that we are not alone in this world.

I believe that we see God where needs meets love. We see God where longing meets acceptance. And yes, we see God in that thin shaft of light where fear meets hope.

Bring the meals. Make the call. Show up. Be part of the process. It's part of being human. 

This I believe. Amen, Hallelujah.

24 comments:

SamiJoe said...

here's to a better new week ahead!

Cheeseboy said...

If it makes you feel any better, I got a horrible haircut this week too. Here's to a better week for the both of us!

MiMi said...

This is a great post! Amen, sister.

adrienzgirl said...

Amen. Amen. Amen!

I have had a few breakdowns of my own over things that didn't matter and I know that they are because of the mountain of other things that have been weighing on my heart.

Jenny said...

Grace is the act of rebirth. I love that statement. It feels like it's been a hard time lately everywhere.

Might be a good time to go lay in the evening cool grass and look at the stars.

And to exhale.

Don't forget exhaling. It is really important.

michelle said...

Amen sister

xoxoxo

FabuLeslie said...

Hooray for communities and not being alone in this world. And thank God for miracles. There are so many more than we are aware of each day. Here's to a happy and restful long weekend!

Unknown Mami said...

Be part of the process!

Frau said...

I'm sure your hair looks awesome any color. I need mine done so bad! I love when people join together and reach out...faith in humanity is restored. Have a wonderful long weekend.

The Blue Zoo said...

Glad you were able to get your hair all prettied up! I have reddish brown hair too. I am loving my brand new red highlights.

LB said...

Amen!

Eternal Lizdom said...

Amen, Hallelujah and I agree!!

*LLUVIA* said...

Yes yes yes...! AMEN!!

Tracie said...

Love this post! Hope you are having a good long weekend and that your hair is gorgeous.

Beth said...

What a precious post! LOVED your conclusion! :)

My hair is brown with red/gold highlights too.

only a movie said...

Very well said. Helping out in these situations seems to be the best of all of us.

When did I become my Mom said...

Well said.

Hope your long weekend brings some cheer and silver lining. :-)

Cat said...

I hope you love your hair, and amen to the rest. Reaching out to others in bad times helps define us.

Mama Zen said...

Amen.

Angie Muresan said...

Screaming red hair is sometimes what one needs. I did that once and I loved it. I might again this summer.
Yes, God is where need meets love. I agree completely.
Hope you have a gorgeous weekend, Nancy.

Minivan Lover said...

so sad. its all so sad. a friend of mine has twins in the NICU. they will be fine. she will be fine. in the end we all have to hope we will be fine with and because of each others support and love.

Traci said...

Amen, my dear friend. Amen.

noisycolorfullively said...

It's part of being human... grief, love, passion, anger, hostility and compassion. Sometimes being human is so full of feeling, it's overwhelming. But it's good. It's real. It's how we are made.

Blessings on you and those you love. May you receive compassion as you show it.

Maggie May said...

i SO know that feeling, when one more thing is too much. take care of your lovely sefl.