I love being able to blog. Truly, it is one of my favorite things...I love that I can document our lives for my kids...that I can share and stretch myself. I love all of the great people that I have met because of it. My blog life is full of great stories. I can't imagine what will ever make me stop.
My least favorite part is that blogging opens you up to the backlash of others. Whether you deserve it or not...and generally I think that most do not deserve it. My generally policy is, if you are going to say something that goes against what someone else believes...sign your name to it. If you are going to criticize and be unkind...sign your name to it. Otherwise your words are hollow and meaningless. Coward like. I realize that I am currently working on a series by anonymous bloggers...however these are sharing hurts and pain and are not meant to be daggers to anyone. There is no maliciousness involved.
Recently I received the following "anonymous" email. I say "anonymous" because if you have any brains in your head you can pinpoint the exact address of any "anonymous" email. True story. So if you, and you know who you are, have ever sent me some "anonymous" ugly...just know, I could send you a Christmas card if I wanted to. Back to the email...here is what anonymous had to say:
"if youclaim to be such a christian (a good one) you sure talk alot of negative stuff all the time. i would love to belong to your chuch. but you will et what is coming to you ne day"
Now other than terrible grammar (I have a thing for correct grammar and spelling), this email doesn't bother me in the least...at least the content does not. What grieves my heart the most is the poor soul behind it. What makes a person so hurt that they take time out of their day to lash out at others in such way? What pain has brought them to the point that they feel the need to take a jab at a stranger? Whatever it is makes me so very sad for them.
So instead of getting angry and defensive, which is something that not so long ago I would have done, I choose to pray for them and have been praying for them since I got the email. And I am sharing all of this so that you can do the same. Can we all come together for this stranger and ask that God show up in their life in a big way? Can we pray for healing and light in their life? Can we pray that God shows up and grips them in His mighty hands and has His way with them? I'm serious. Will you take a moment and pray for a stranger?
And pray that they will get what is coming to them one day...grace, mercy and a love that knows no end.