When I received the invitation, I just knew I had to go.
An invitation to an Anne of Green Gables tea party. Be still my heart! If you’ve never read the book or watched the movie, you absolutely must do so. We can all learn at least one lesson from Anne’s life.
Once again, I had the opportunity to think about joy in the midst of the mess. What a blessing to discover new kindred spirits in my midst.
Our hostess had some questions for us to answer relating our own lives to Anne’s. Questions that spurred us to think of kindred spirits in our past and present and to recall stories of when someone showed us grace, or when a person or circumstance turned out even better than we originally anticipated.
Who would think a few questions could dig up so much! We laughed hard and we even shed a few tears. Because these questions brought up stories of fond memories, but pain was attached to many in one way or another.
Alcoholism. Regrets over past choices. Disagreements. Cancer. Other difficult health issues. Death. Guilt. Undeserved pain. Feelings of not being accepted.
But there is always more to the story!
Because all of these were mentioned with a positive story attached to something heartbreaking. Redemption. Grace. Forgiveness. Faithfulness. Steadfastness. Trust. Healing. Joy. Friendship. Validation.
The older I get, the more I see how no individual is exempt from some kind of pain. We all experience it at one point or another. Relief can always be found if we look in the right place, though.
In L.M. Montgomery’s stories, Anne ends up with the man of her dreams and a lovely family. But she was no stranger to difficulty. Her life is not so different from our own. Orphaned at a young age. Wondering at times where she fit in. Causing more difficulty for herself that necessary through bad choices. Losing people she loved dearly. Feeling betrayed. Yet, in the movie version, Anne reminds us, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”
Thank goodness for those kindred spirits in the world who spur us on and lift us up. People we can share our stories with, who will quietly nod and empathize. And people who will relate their stories to us so we can learn and grow together.
I would love to hear about one of your kindred spirits. Feel free to share in the comments.
And, if you’ve never had raspberry cordial, you should certainly try it. Yum!
“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:23
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
P.S. I’ll have an author friend guest posting later this week. Be sure to check back. Her post is beautiful, and I can’t wait to share it with you!