Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Oh right, I have a blog

Hello, dear blogging Friends,

It's been quite awhile since I've really been blogging - with what, only one post since February? This has been an unplanned, unintentional blog hiatus for me. It's likely to continue for a little while, too. I can't predict these things. I can't predict a lot of things.

A number of unpredictable, major events have occurred in my life in the last month and a half. (To think I was having a difficult semester before!) I'm not quite ready to blog about them (assuming I ever will - we'll see how I'm led) and apologize in advance for being vague, as all my energy right now is going toward staying calm, taking care of myself, and fighting through the rest of this academic semester. I have a lot to process and deal with, and am simultaneously trying to finish four difficult classes.

In the meantime, though, I want to send a message of love and hope out into the blog-o-sphere. Unimaginably difficult things can happen, and then one or two more could happen shortly thereafter, and it is still possible to get through without completely losing sight of the Light in the process. In fact, in some ways the Light is so much more strong in me right now, holding me up when begin to stumble over the fallen branches in my path.

So here I am, still going, still loving.

Love and Light,


Anonymous Aj said...

Go and love well, friend. Take care of yourself!

2/5/06 7:50 PM  
Blogger Contemplative Scholar said...

I had a very difficult first year of college, myself. But I learned a lot -- about myself, people, the academic world, and the world beyond academia.

After my second year (not a lot better), I dropped out of college altogether. After a few amazing years of learning about the world in yet new ways, I returned to college (this time a Quaker college), and, to make a long story short, am now myself a professor.

I tell this story to offer reassurance -- no matter how much you may feel turned inside out in college, even if you take the desperate measure of leaving altogether for a time, your life probably won't derail. Nor do you lose all chance of an academic life in the future (something that many alarmed people told me at the time that I dropped out).

I'm not at all suggesting that you may need to do the same. (In fact, my second attempt at college had its own set of difficult adventures, but this time I was determined to finish.) The most important part of my story is how I sought God's guidance throughout, and the path I ended up following brought many amazing experiences and learnings. Looking back, I would not have wished for the story to be any different.

You seem to try to live your life in a similar way -- trying to discern, trying to Stay in Touch. I believe this way of living helps people to become stronger and wiser, no matter how difficult they find their challenges to be.

I wish you well!

3/5/06 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. It's funny. I never respond to blogs. I never even really read them but somehow I found yours and now I'm leaving you a second note.

I do believe that the light inside is always there, calling. And I believe that it calls the loundest when we stumble, when we need it most.

Keep listening to the light Claire. It's there.

Steve, a friend in Washington, DC.

3/5/06 4:01 PM  
Blogger Paul L said...

Welcome back. No need to apologize or even explain your hiatus. But is is good to know you're still going, still loving. It is an ironic truth that the Light shines brightest and is mst needed in the darkness.

4/5/06 9:19 AM  
Blogger Liz Opp said...

You remain in my thoughts and in my heart, both because of and despite "unimaginably difficult things."

Liz, The Good Raised Up

4/5/06 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Take care Claire. We are keeping you in our prayers. Love, Andrew

5/5/06 9:52 PM  
Blogger Kody Gabriel said...

Oh, my dear. I love you so much. You will be in my prayers.

6/5/06 2:14 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hello, dear. We're praying for you and with you. Let me know if you want to have some coffee or tea some time soon. If you can take the bus so can I!

8/5/06 4:53 PM  
Blogger Nancy A said...

HI Claire

I do check in from time to time, just to see how you are.

PS I found courses got a lot easier (and marks a lot higher) when I realized all I needed to do was to be interesting, rather than intelligent.

30/5/06 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Claire. Craig here from Friendship Meeting. Just found your blog.


31/5/06 1:31 PM  
Blogger kwicker said...

Claire, we here in Durham are thinking of you and praying for your family. Much love from Meeting.


8/7/06 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank God for the fire I see burning in you. Another Friend who reads the blogs saw your January post "Faith enough to be outrageous" and alerted me to check it out; I'm glad I did.

You may or may not have seen my tract, "Jesus Christ Forbids War," downloadable and readable at www.jesusforbidswar.org. I do some quiet evangelism by distributing it; so far the Lord hasn't sent me to preach in the streets, and may never do so, but I'm actively considering the question of our call, as a people of God, to preach the gospel actively - not as the preachers of notional religion do, but as individuals who have been raised up by the Holy Spirit, and supported by their community of faith, to speak from experience about the goodness of God, Who desires our salvation: a weighty subject to labor with, especially in a religious society that's not sure that we're a people of God or what "salvation" might mean. I'm glad to see evidence that other liberal and conservative Friends are thinking about evangelism.

Thy Friend John
New York City

8/7/06 11:14 AM  

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