Just Put the Books Away, Wendy….

Ever feel like life suddenly kicked you in the stomach? Yes, of course you have. We all have.

A friend of mine who, ironically enough, is  the director of a cancer center securing services for patients in rural Virginia, has cancer. She and I just finished doing a project together, one that made us both proud. We took six cancer patients into three different regional communities to let them tell the personal stories of their cancer journeys.

Leigh Ann will be making that all-too-personal journey herself, now.

So I walk through my bookstore, picking up boxes that have been sitting around waiting for someone to put them away. Shelving books is a calming activity, like playing intellectual solitaire with your whole body. Your feet walk, your brain processes, your hands move, tuck, tidy.

This in my hand is a mystery. It goes in the mystery room. A western. It goes to the mancave, under Guys with Big Guns. Ah, a history book; these are subcategorized by time period.

Keep walking, and put the books away, Wendy. The world is a random place and everything doesn’t happen for a reason. But when unreasonable things happen, God can make reason out of them. That’s what you know. That’s what being a Christian involves.

Leigh Ann is in God’s hands; these books are in yours. Put the books away, and say your prayers. Order is restored to a tilting universe by the simple daily acts of faith: the many, many people who are praying for Leigh Ann, her husband and her six-year-old daughter; and the hands of all the people who love her, moving through the day, making bread, pulling weeds, shelving books.

Work is prayer. Put the books away, Wendy. Keep order in your tiny corner of the world, and let God create Order in the big, wide, scary one.

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5 responses to “Just Put the Books Away, Wendy….

  1. anne64

    It’s hard to be unable to DO anything that will instantly cure a dear friend. Your presence when she wants it, your help to her family when they need it, and your love and prayers all the time really are sufficient. Leave the rest to God.

  2. Tracy

    Praying for Leigh Ann and her family…

  3. As you know–been there, done that, have the tee-shirt. (Literally.) It’s this era’s plague, or at least it feels that way.

    Will hold your friend in the Light.

    xxxJane

  4. Gail

    Amen! Prayers for Leigh Ann and family!

  5. Praying for Leigh Ann and her family and you, too, Wendy!

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