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To those who struggle: An open letter

This letter was written to a dear sister. But I am moved to send it out to you all, with hopes of bringing a flicker of light to someone who needs it:

My heart is heavy. You know I would never judge you and you do not need to ask forgiveness. I do not know why we face such struggle. Where is the miracle? I stopped asking 'why' years ago. Now I just wonder 'where' and 'how'. Where is the promised land? How are we to make it through such turmoil; unfulfilled promises? I do not have the answer.

I know for myself, I try to let go of the expectation for a desired outcome.

I practice gratefulness for one thing each day, even if it is as simple as being grateful for the sun on my face, or for the bed I sleep in.

I wish I could wrap my arms around you and tell you it will be ok. But I can't and I don't know for sure that it will be ok. I WILL pray that all your toil, your passion, will be honored, and that you will be provided for beyond what you need. I do not have much, but what I have I will give.

I know that we can all live on very little if we have hope, and if we have satisfaction in what we do. If we can reap benefits from what we sow. For now, I will PRAY for blessing in abundance. I will HOPE that you receive the justice and reward much deserved from your suffering and toil. I will hold you up before God almighty until my arms give out.

I wish I could be more encouragement and help to you. I weep for your struggle. Let us pray together for God's mercy.

All my love,
your sister,
Michelle
aka Cali gal

I will life my face
Up to the sky
Receive Your grace
Hands lifted high

Through the waiting

Michelle
aka Cali gal
Be the Change

Comments

Phionah Musumba's picture

Aaww!

Brings back bittersweet memories. My deceased sister wrote me one of those, shortly before she passed on. I have never cried over a letter like I did then.
All the best and much love,

Phy
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
www.galsissues.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/MalkiaCDG

Rebecca R's picture

*sniffing

You just made me cry Cali gal! And, I don't cry easy so it is kind of a big deal. It was the sentence "I will hold you up before the God almighty, until my arms give out." And girl, do I have some of those. Until my arms give out. Until my arms give out.

Until my arms give out.

Cali gal Michelle's picture

I am truly humbled. If my

I am truly humbled. If my words can lift just one person.....
I think I receive way more than I give.

We can all stand together, and when our arms give out,someone will be there to hold them for us.

Peace and Hope-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

Y's picture

Beautiful! Your sister(s)

Beautiful! Your sister(s) are blessed by your words.

Y

Dear Michelle,

I have so many questions I'd like to ask you about your beautiful letter, but I shall leave them be, as they are not really what's important.

As a sister with sisters I feel the anguish and the deep, genuine support in your message of love.

There is something between sisters -- both the biological sort and the World Pulse sort -- that is binding and painful, joyful and grief-striking, intimate and yet strange, momentary and fleeting yet eternal.

. . . so, I hear you and send prayers to this sister to whom you've written. May she use your words as a steady ladder with which to climb out of the miasma and back onto to more solid, sun-bathed ground.

With sister support,

Sarah

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Thank you for your prayer,

Thank you for your prayer, Sarah. I almost hesitate to say this, since I don't want it to diminish the sincerity of the letter. I was not given biological sisters, but God has seen to it I have some none-the-less. I think of them no less than my own flesh and blood. We are bound by some unseen and unknown force, can feel each other breathe across the miles, and I do not know what I would do without them. Just as an adopted sibling, or adopted child...there is no difference

I do appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers for my 'sister'. She deserves her just reward. She needs to know there are those who want to see her succeed in her selfless mission. She needs us to lift her up.

Please message me with other thoughts or questions you had- my curiosity is peaked! Did not expect this much response, and am grateful others are receiving what they need to hear. That was my intent all along.

in faith,
in love,
Michelle
aka Cali gal

Peace and Hope-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Your Sister

Hello, Michelle,

I think you've answered my questions about your sister, and I, too am hoping that whatever strife she has been enduring begins to drop away. I feel as though I know a great deal about sisters -- both biological and not -- and their strife. And our strife, and our strife over their strife.

So please accept my continued empathy and my supportive wishes

- Sarah

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