My two best friends in the whole entire world moved away this week.
My heart is sore and tired and afraid.
Life has been so good with them close. They love so comfortably, so easily. They don't demand or expect. They help. They laugh. They give.
They're fun and kind and without a single shred of pretension.
And now they're gone.
And the yawning emptiness they leave behind makes my heart tremble.
I know I'm a wimp. I just can't picture life without them.
In church this morning, we were reminded not to be afraid.
Not because our troubles are small.
Not because they don't matter.
No, Jesus never trivializes our pain, our fear. But He tells us not to fear because He is with us. He does not leave us. He walks with us, all the way through it.
I needed that today.
And maybe you need it too - the reminder that whatever you're going through, whatever makes your heart ache, whatever leaves you in tears - He is with you.
All the way through.