Like most of the world, Coram Deo is in a time of healing and transition. While the events of the last two years have been particularly impactful, I have realized that our time on earth is not guaranteed. The things and people we hold near and dear to our heart may not be here tomorrow. How we respond to that will determine what our days look like.

Some respond in fear. They become paralyzed at the thought of losing someone else, at the thought of more changes, less freedom, more freedom, whatever it might be.

Some respond by shutting down. I am an island, they declare. Nothing can hurt me, I can hurt nothing.

Still others respond with reckless living. If I am going to die anyway, I might as well go out in style.

At Coram Deo, we have chosen to respond in love. If this is the last time I will speak to someone, let it be in love. If this is the last time I will see someone, let them know that I love them.

You might think this is a bit “flowery” or “hippieish”. Consider this: In our world of recovery, people die on average of once a month –  people we know and love; people we have rooted for, and invested in. For some reason, I have chosen to live in a world where the darkness meets the light. I live on the edge of hope and despair, trying desperately to pull as many as I can into the hope before despair takes them. Statistics are not in our favor; but God is.

Every day God gives us the strength to walk with women in recovery. Everyday God gives us fresh hope and perspective; and everyday we have new opportunity to love people. Sometimes they know it and feel it, other times not so much. Either way it is what we are called to do.

What are you called to do in times of uncertainty? How do you respond in moments of despair? How can we help you? Contact us, we would love to hear from you. If you know someone who would benefit from the work we do, or who would like to support that work, forward them this email and encourage them to sign up for our email newsletter. If you or someone you know would like to stand with us and invest this mission of love and light in dark places, we would be grateful for your support.