Friends, I’m honored to have my friend Mandy share her heart with you today. Her message hits hard for me, especially around Christmas.
Will you please give Mandy a warm welcome? (and psst…it’s Mandy’s birthday today! Feel free to offer warm wishes in comments!)
Mandy, this space is yours…
Not by choice, but by tragedy.
I ache to see her suffer so.
I yearn to take it all away, to bring back to her the one thing, the person, she wants. Needs. Loves.
But I will settle for diminishing an hour, a minute, a moment of her strife if I can.
When I do she feels guilty. From inside her anguish, her deep love desires not to keep me from my husband and children.
I struggle to convey my thoughts and feeling about that. I am temporarily at a loss for words.
I ponder it, pray over it.
And He puts it into sharp focus for me, graces me with the words:
This is the body of Christ.
This is the body of Christ! This is what we do. This is who we are. This is what we were made for.
I can’t take your pain away, friend of my heart.
When the tears spill and sobs shake…
I will weep with you.
When joy breaks through the agony…
I will laugh with you.
When hope is beyond reach and darkness threatens…
I will hold the Christ light for you.
When you need His arms…
I will be as Christ to you…
And when I am walking a dark valley…
I pray for the grace to let you be Christ to me, too.
This is the body of Christ.
The Servant Song
(hymn written by Richard Gillard)
Will you let me be your servant
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I might have the grace
To let me be your servant too
We are pilgrims on the journey
We are travelers on the road
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load
I will hold the Christ light for you
In the night time of your fear
I will hold my hand out to you
Speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through.
When we sing to God in heaven
We shall find such harmony
Born to all we’ve known together
Of Christ’s love and agony
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Mandy Mianecki is a wife, mama, daughter, sister, and friend, passionately pursuing her Savior.
She is also known as a coffee-drinker, art-maker, word-nerd, and homeschooling-attempter. She frequently has Cheerios in her carpet, dust on, well, everything, and love in her heart. That heart is to encouraging you in this walk of faith that you can do this!
How about you, friend? Who can you be Christ to this Advent Season? What part of the body of Christ will you be this week? We’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with us.
And Happiest of birthdays, Mandy! Friend of my heart, thank you for being Christ to me so many times before. You’ve picked me off the floor time and time again. Love and hugs to you!