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free to keep living

Even when you are faced with the reality of what is, peace is still available to you. You do not have sort through everything here. You do not have to figure out everything by tonight. You are free to trust that even though there are too many questions that do not have answers, and there are too many gaps in the story that you are waiting to be filled, peace is still here, even in the waiting.

And it is okay if you are in a place where you are not sure how to make sense of certain things. It is okay to say “I don’t know” and “I’m still waiting,” while still making room in your heart to have peace. Remember that you live in a world that is filled to the brim with immediacy, and it is normal for others to expect you to have confidence and certainty, even when you are tired, and you are just not sure how to feel. But whenever you feel the weight of having to have everything figured out, do not be discouraged. You are still free to cling to what is true: even in your unknowns, Light is still guiding you, and no matter your uncertainty, you are being led where you need to be.

And while you wait, you are free to keep living. You are free to keep giving your all to whatever each day brings. And in that space, be known for your peace. Be known for your ability to slow down and breathe deep, and say, against the unknowns, “even here, I have what I need. There are so many things I am waiting on, but they will not take this life away from me. For even here, in my uncertainty, I have found boundless peace and the freedom to let it run over absolutely everything.”

no matter how long winter lingers

On this morning

mercies were new,

but it did not feel

that way to you,

for you are tired

of giving

while seeing

no fruit,

tired of the weather

and too much

to do:

take heart,

take shelter,

for right now,

this is winter,

and these cold

quiet lands

have done

all they can.

And some things

may not grow

the way

you had planned,

but even here

in your soul

may you soon

understand:

you are free

to believe

in much

better things

and these seeds

will rise

from the ground

in spring.

You have to wait

but you will see:

no matter how long winter lingers,

it lets go,

it leaves.

– Morgan Harper Nichols