I have heard from many of you since my last post here, and I want to thank you for your responses.  You have all been sources of great encouragement, often in moments when I really needed you.

Of course, this is how we should be living the Christian life everyday – encouraging one another, building one another up in our common faith.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  1 Thessalonians 5:11

Certain seasons of life are isolating – raising a toddler, serving as a caregiver to an aging family member, living away from friends and family, suffering from a debilitating illness, and so many more.  I can think of several friends and acquaintances who are currently living through what might be very lonely circumstances.  These are seasons of waiting on God to show us what He wants us to do next, and waiting is almost always frustrating and difficult.

Waiting for a job offer.  Waiting for the call from the adoption agency.  Waiting for the house to sell.  Waiting for the baby to be born.  Waiting, waiting, waiting.  Not wanting to burden our friends or sound like we are whining (when so many people are living through situations that are much more difficult than our own), we tend to keep quiet about our struggles.

As the body of Christ, we need to walk alongside our brothers and sisters, even when it is inconvenient for us.  Even when we think we are too busy . . . maybe especially then.

If I have time for Twitter, Words With Friends, Facebook, or the Olympics, then I also have time to call, text, or e-mail someone who needs an encouraging word.

You have been a blessing to me.  Now, let’s both pass that same blessing along to someone else today.