Her voice is calm and reassuring, yet she will speak out on behalf of those whose voice is silenced. She pushes aside the tasks labeled A1 on her daily agenda to come to the aid of a friend with a broken heart. Those tasks often sitting on the back burner for days at a time to reach out and connect with those who feel no one else understands. She seems to have the time when it’s asked for, an ear when a heart needs to be heard, a shoulder to lift up the most burdened shoulders.
But she takes no time for herself to unpack the cares of her day. Her heart is heavy at times, and yet to unload onto others she feels would only overburden them.
So, in silence she stifles the words she longs to share with a compassionate soul.
She forgets that there’s enough grace to go around for everyone, including Her. And if you asked Her, she would nod Her head in agreement, but not taking the time to receive for Herself.
We all know someone like Her. Perhaps we forget that She, too, has need to cry out and release all that is bottled up inside. Have we taken for granted that She who is willing to carry your basket filled with hurt and pain, also has complexities that need to be addressed by Her fellow Sisters in Christ.
Let’s consider this treasured strong woman. Acknowledge her (you can speak aloud her name) and do for her as she has done for you. Simply because we perceive her to be exceedingly strong does not mean she is immune to the difficulties of life.
Text her a message of encouragement as you scroll through your countless emails. Send her an e-card with actual words that express your appreciation for all that She has meant to you in those critical moments. Perhaps actually construct a handmade card and write Her a letter (Hallmark doesn’t hold a candle to your genuine expression of love).
There will be those days down the road when She will look back on those notes and gestures of kindness and re-read your words of compassion. You may be lifting her up forward for moments in Her life when She cannot find the courage to articulate the needs that only another Girlfriend can relate to.
2 Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love]. Galatians 6:2 Amplified
I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary
*Thank you to Maverick City Music | Kirk Franklin for this.