So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
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My work in this season of life is learning to say goodbye. Until Christmas, or until eternity. Letting go while still loving deeply, keeping my hands and my heart open; it is the hardest job I have ever done.
Layers of loss make it tempting to close up, batten down the hatches, harden my heart. But I want to keep loving, to look life in the face, all the good, the bad, and the ugly, and to still say yes to what God has for the future.
I want to celebrate while I still have breath. There is so much Life happening here, and I don't want to miss out because I am too weary to see the party right in front of me. I know I will regret it if I don't hear the music and start dancing.