I love you.
A few weeks ago I wrote what could have been a love letter to those in the deep darkness, and I told them all about you. About how you’ll willingly leave the light and head into their darkness because love makes its own light.
And in the weeks since I’ve published that post, I’ve seen it with my own eyes: I’ve seen you all show up with your torches and flashlights and sit in the middle of the deep dark with the people you love.
Jesus said that the greatest love is to lay down one’s life for one’s friends, and you have shown great love.
It might not feel like much to you, the prayers and the texts and the quiet sitting on the couch together. But it is great love, and your friends in the darkness are clinging to your light.
And for the record, love makes its own light, but that doesn’t mean that the darkness can’t be exhausting and overwhelming for you, too. Make sure you’re feeding your light, too: exercise, time unplugged, time with good, light-filled friends.
Because no matter how much light you spread and how much time you spend down in the darkness, you can’t save your friends.
I’m going to say this again, because it’s important: You can’t save them.
You can be a light and you can be there, but how their story ends is ultimately not up to you. So set yourself free from that guilt now and take the time you need to keep yourself healthy and happy and light-filled.
Because you need your own light before you can really share it with anyone else.
Thank you for your selfless light giving and loving. Keep on keeping on, and share your light with some other exhausted light-bearers too.
Love you forever,
This post is part of my 31 days of Love Letters series. Click here to see the rest of the posts in the series.