Friday, November 23, 2012

Hope Friday

It's after 1 in the morning and as usual, I should be sleeping.
I spent my today in the same way you spent yours. It was easy and good. My teeth are a little sugary.

But the underscore is the knowing that other people don't celebrate the way we do. Maybe it's not an option. Maybe why bother. Those are the people I've carried around today.

And when the phone rang and it was a rare call from our biggest boy, the thanks grew fuller.
And when the text came in and I saw hope rise up from grief? Fuller still.

So the real message today is that He is worthy of more than we fathom. He's more powerful than we believe. He trumps all the darkness, every kind. And He lets help.

Tomorrow, maybe we shop. Maybe we do, because we happen to be among the ones who can.

But can we tie this truth around our wrists and carry it with us? Our life is the exception.

Today's conversation that will stick with me well longest happened over late-evening pigs-in-blankets and cups of sweet tea. It was about hope, how that's the thing we're all scrambling for. He has made us all worthy but for you and me, maybe hope lands a little more lightly. What about the rest?

Last month I discovered fashionABLE and something in me clicked, because that lovely woman in the video standing on the streets of Ethiopia in her long skirt and sensible shoes is me, and she's you. She's searching for hope, only her search might seem a little more lost.

I know I bring things like this to your attention frequently, but I promise, I'm not going to stop. Especially right now, when it's so easy to lose our way, so easy to abandon the lost causes and the far-aways for the perfect mod wrapping paper or the zoomy party dress.

Businesses like fashionABLE give us an easy opportunity to make a difference in a real life. How cool is it to have the privilege of holding out a little hope like a light, with our own two hands?


Etanesh Stripes

And hey, the scarves are total radness. 

Please watch the video. It's 3 minutes. Go ahead and fall in love. I dare you not to cry. And please, buy a scarf for your sister. Hack, go down in Secret Santa hall-of-fame with this one.

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  1. I love you, girl.

    Your heart is rad.

    I will share this and buy scarves.

    Don't stop sharing..we should all be so uncomfortable about so many things..that we're finally able to affect change.

    That's my hope anyway.

    Your Night Owl Pal,


  2. Wow, this totally 'clicks' with me too, I will be buying them as Christmas presents and sharing. I wonder if they have retailers in the UK, I will look into it. Bx

  3. I just bought a scarf and posted the link to my facebook page. You have supported this cause more than you know. Thank you for sharing:)

  4. I just bought a scarf for a friend. This is my kind of shopping, thanks for the tip.

  5. The BEST Black Friday shopping EVER!!! Thanks so much for sharing Shannan and PLEASE NEVER STOP. xoxo

  6. Those scarves are beautiful! I went to Pinterest to pin these and what were the first pins on my follower page? beat me to it! =) Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. I just purchased three for gifts. Please keep sharing these ideas. I LOVE them.

  8. I love you're heart. It's funny how my little family seems to be heading in the same direction, to the same heart. Sometimes I get annoyed with myself at how long it takes, but there's always something to learn about on the road right?
    I know I'm trying to say something more specific but I'm surrounded by children who will NOT stop talking to me about Christmas. Geesh.
    Also, Dust Bowl ken burns style. Did you catch it?

  9. Just bought a scarf - love them! Thanks, and keep on sharing.

  10. Bought 3 scarfs. Beautiful great idea for Christmas!!!

  11. thanks for sharing.