The last month has been a blur. I am saddened and broken and then restored and feel hope. My last blog post was of a young girl who took her own life and two weeks after another young girl dies the same way alone, lost without hope.
The agony of staff at both of our local schools was raw, but imagine the families, now that media coverage was paying close attention. Apparently the statistics are that 5 young people in 4 years have died by suicide. As our community rallies together to try and make sense of the staggering numbers, the losses and work with many organization to make sure it doesn't happen again. So both of the schools I work have suffered so that is my work life. I have started praying outside and inside the schools each week and God is revealing words, hope, peace, comfort and protection on the ground I walk on. I felt called to walk the paths, the parking lots, the routes, the outside streets leading to the school. I have been blessed with such an enormous surge of hope. I wish I could shout it to all that would listen. God has this valley in His hands. Check out the you tube below...I pray we can tear down these walls!
So that is work and home has also been a little rocky, with a case of salmonella poisoning from a chicken burger at the golden arches...if you get my hint. So I lost about 6 days, my husband taking two days off work to care for me, and doing a million things above and beyond his regular duties LOL. So after reclaiming my balance from pancreatic induced vertigo, chased by low, low blood pressure, freezing cold hands and feet, and not yet the ability to down my morning coffee, I am on the mend.
So if I have been slow on the posts, please forgive me. I am also writing a children's story and so now I must sign off while i try and work out some images to match the book, so the illustrator can get me some sketches. It is the fun part of my day.
Before I know it, it will be time to start sending my Finland Christmas cards...wow time flies!
Happy November, C