This is one of the posts that's been rattling around in my brain. I'm still not sure the right way to write about it. The short version is that one of my blog friends, Mama Nabi, is going through a really hard time right now. You can read more about her story if you're interested.
In response to this post on her site, I emailed her and offered practical help. I'd already told her I was praying for her, it seemed like it might be nice to back that up in a tangible way--God with skin on, so to speak. She had very valid reasons for saying 'thank you VERY much, but no thank you'; I respected her response. The neat thing was, despite her skepticism about the whole God/Christianity deal, she suggested I do a 'prayer-raising' instead of the on-line fundraising I wanted to do for her.
So, if you are a person of prayer, please hold up Mama Nabi, her daughter, and her alcoholic husband. She needs practical help, wisdom, and guidance for all the tough decisions she's having to make right now. In a life where her family has rarely backed her up or loved her unconditionally, it's fairly logical she's skeptical about a loving God. My prayer for her is that despite all the circumstances, she would find a peace that passes all understanding and find out how passionately she is loved.