The Christian Life

At a Loss for Words

It’s been over a year since I have written anything in this space and longer since I’ve written any kind of blog at all. A year ago when I last wrote, it was Easter and the shock, fear, novelty, and uncertainty of COVID-19 and quarantine was still relatively new. My inner Anne of Green Gables heart still thought it would all pass..and really I still can’t understand why it didn’t. Secretly, a year ago, I was actually enjoying permission to never leave my home.

Everything is different now.

Since then, so much has happened in our world and country: George Floyd, race riots, loss of life to Covid, crushing fear because of Covid, a contentious election, the capitol attack, a bizarre snow storm in Texas, property loss, job loss, friend loss, faith loss…

LOSS. LOSS. LOSS.

Some have suffered on the macro level along with everyone else. And for many of us, there have been micro level every day normal life losses. My dog spent her last hours my arms earlier in the winter. My mom has descended much more deeply into the horrific throws of Parkinson’s Disease after battling it now for most of my life almost half of her’s. A cursory scroll on any social media tells me I’m not alone.

And I’ve been quiet.

I have always had all the words…and I just don’t anymore.

I’ve been quiet because I’m processing. I’ve been quiet because it is a new world that tells us we must process publicly and loudly. It is a new lie that tells us a computer screen is the appropriate place to work out our feelings and emotions and heart breaks. And if we don’t, we’re somehow COMPLICIT in the evils of this world.

I’ve been quiet because I’m scared to use my words. I’m scared of more loss, more anger.

I’ve been quiet because we forgot about nuance, America.

I’ve been quiet because we forgot about respectful and inquisitive discourse.

I’ve been quiet because it’s all so loud out there. It’s loud and angry and unforgiving. One misstep, one “wrong” question and you’re canceled, but not after you’ve been completely attacked and maligned.

I’ve been quiet because I’m weary. My husband always jokingly asks me if I’m weary versus just tired. Because to me, they’re different. Tired can be fixed with some sleep. Weary, is deep in my bones and soul. Weary comes after struggle and wrestling. Weary is what I am.

I can’t keep up with the new rules and my legs are weak from running after them. Is this what middle age is?

Again, I have a feeling that I’m not alone.

So here I sit on my yellow couch, staring at new growth outside of my window, wondering why my neighbor chopped down his perfect front yard tree, and snuggling with my naughty awful Beagle. My brain is full of the words I can no longer figure out how to communicate…

And I’m clinging to what I know is true.

My God.

The only thing that is not shifting for me is God: both mother and father, savior and redeemer. Reconciler. Healer.

The fact is, I don’t have answers right now. I never did. But I do have God. The Holy Trinity. And I know that’s not a popular concept. I saw a Twitter repost the other day, “If you wonder why people are leaving the church right now…..” fill in the blank all the ways the church has messed up. And we have. We have messed up. For the entire life of the church, we’ve messed up. (I mean…have you read all of Paul’s letters to the New Testament church?)

I don’t wonder why people are leaving the church. They always have. They always will. I could write about Biblical illiteracy and the chance that some who talk a real big game never even knew Him. I could say all the things and maybe I will later. The fact is God has never been popular. It’s not my job to make him so. The world crucified his son, bloody and abandoned on a cross.

But! I’m still clinging to Him. I’m still asking Him to change me. I’m still ever grateful for grace I never deserved, still don’t deserve. I’m still watching him move. I still see miracles…mainly small ones, mainly miracles deep in the crevices of my wicked heart. But I will believe. God is my very breath. And this is not toxic cheap Chrisitianity or positivity speaking. This is desperation speaking.

Oh friend, this is my prayer for you, me, the collective us, our children and families and churches..that we peel it all back and find that God, Jesus, Holy Spirit is enough. I pray you’ll experience Him in the deepest parts of your spirit. That whatever kind of grief shrouded the last year and whatever hurt you’ve walked through with humans will be mended in relationship with the Divine.

I’m clinging to the words of Jude to the New Testament church,

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.[f]

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! 

Amen.

8 thoughts on “At a Loss for Words

  1. Profound. Thank you, Anna. I made it through most of this in two ways: 1) I completely cut off all news and opinions, and 2) Faith. I faithfully read my Bible every single day and study God’s word. This is give me faith to overcome any fear that began with COVID. I subscribe to: “Let your Faith be bigger than your fear.” We lost so much when we took the study of God’s word out of our schools. Now, many do not know, nor to they understand anything Biblical. (Satan at work?!) I pray daily that Christ be placed center of our public schools, our leaders, and our lives. Prayers for you, dear Anna. Continue to write. We need you.

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  2. Look on the bright side…

    The only “Christians” that are leaving the faith or walking away from their beliefs, are the “Liberal Theological Denominations” whose faith was based on questionable doctrine anyway: Episcopal, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian USA, Church of Christ, United Methodist, Evangelical Lutheran.

    Denominations whose beliefs are based on the literal interpretation of God’s inerrant word are increasing: the SBC, Presbyterian Church of America, AOG, Church of God, Nazarene Church, Lutheran Missouri Synod…

    Separating the Wheat from the Tares??? (Matthew Chapter 13)

    Of concern however, The enemy is at work in promoting half-truths as Latter Day Saints are also increasing (1 John 4:2-3)

    Strong work Spindler!!

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  3. Thank you for so thoughtfully expressing what is absolutely difficult to put into words. God hears our groanings as the Holy Spirit prays for us when we don’t have the words. Grateful for a loving Father who sees and knows – even me. And for a Savior who still have authority over all things.

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