I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Belated Good Friday - Life's Lonesome Valley

I like HAWMC's Wordless Wednesdays - "We all know a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Post/share a picture that relays a message or story to the viewer." 

My church did something artistic for this Good Friday - we submitted pictures for the stations of the cross. I signed up and was assigned the third station, which emphasizes how alone Jesus felt walking down the road being taunted by the very people who had praised him just days previously!

Here are my pictures:
Sculptures on the Atlanta Beltline
Part of A Painting I Once Completed

I can relate to this station.  No one can take away my pain and no one can feel my feelings for me.  In that sense, it is true what they say about every person having to walk alone.

The Fairfield Four
You got to go to the lonesome valley
You got to go there by yourself
Nobody else can go for you
You got to go there by yourself
Oh, you got to ask the lords forgiveness
Nobody else can ask him for you
You got to go to the lonesome valley
You got to go there by yourself
Nobody else, nobody else can go for you
You got to go there by yourself

Still, I believe that Goddde is always with me and that Godde's Spirit is within me and when I am in pain, Godde is in the pain and when I experience joy She does also-when I have both, she holds the dichotomy sacred. This provides me with comfort.
Of course, we cannot be all things to everybody, but we can attempt to mindfully listen to and empathize with the people in our lives. This is something we can practice whether we are a believer or not. Nonjudgementally listen and hold their hearts, feeelings, and circumstances as sacred-the world would experience a lot more peace and love and harmony that way.

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