a blessing for when you realize everyone is struggling - Kate Bowler

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a blessing for when you realize everyone is struggling

a blessing when you realize everyone is struggling

blessed are you who have realized that life is hard. and it’s hard for everyone. your awareness came at a cost. you lost something you can’t get back. you were diagnosed with chronic pain or a degenerative disease. your family fell apart and things have never been the same.

blessed are you who gave up the myth that the good life is one of happiness, success, perfection. the life that looks beautiful on Facebook, but isn’t real. you who realize it is okay to not be okay. To not have a shiny life, because no one does.

blessed are you who see things clearly, where struggle is everyone’s normal. you walk among the fellowship of the afflicted, a club no one wants to join.

and while this life isn’t shiny, it does come with superpowers. superpowers of ever-widening empathy and existential courage that get you back up after another fall

and a deepened awe at the beauty and love that can be found amid life’s rubble. like flowers that grow from the cracks in the sidewalk. these virtues blossom in you. and thank God for you.

blessed are all of us who struggle, for we are in good company, and we’ll never walk alone.

** This blessing can be found in Good Enough: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection

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Patricia Schikora
Patricia Schikora
7 months ago

I have just discovered you, through the wise, Rev. Richard Roth✨I started crying, I need to forgive myself, life is hard, & beautiful….you touched my 💜 with your story and love 💗

Janice Lee
Janice Lee
7 months ago

Lost my mom 5 days ago, at 8:27 AM on January 5. Feeling terrible unbearable pain and sadness. Hugged her bed sheet all night feeling her essence, smelling her scent. This Blessing brought me a bit of comfort, thank you Kate 🙏💔

Carol
Carol
7 months ago

I love the way you make so clear that accepting life as a struggle does not mean surrendering optimism

Sheryl
Sheryl
7 months ago

My bright and shiny life imploded ten years ago when my husband died of cancer at age 49, leaving me to create and navigate a new life with two 16-year-olds. It was really hard but we made it, and they are now 25-year-old thriving young adults. For a while I found myself back in a bright and shiny life, with a new, very fulfilling relationship, something I’d thought I didn’t want or need. But I did, and I was filled to the brim. And then he left our relationship. He can’t give me reasons that make sense; it was sudden… Read more »

Kyenne Williams
Kyenne Williams
7 months ago

these blessings are a gift that i’m so grateful to have discovered. thank you.
they fill a place where i’ve missed some of the uplifting rituals of Christianity that were lost when organized faith let me go.

Phyllis Hobson
Phyllis Hobson
7 months ago

I love this blessing, especially having “superpowers of ever-widening empathy and existential courage that get you back up after another fall.” I’ve had a couple hard hits in the past couple years with the deaths of immediate family. So much of what I’ve read in your books, and your blessings, have touched my life. Thank you for your transparency.

Erich Brough
Erich Brough
7 months ago

Your blessings are life-sustaining, Kate. They allow me to glimpse a life of connection and meaning, a life worth living and giving. A life of actual relationship and community instead of isolation and emptiness. Thank you!

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