Today is Valentine’s Day. Did you know?
And so, keeping with the theme of love, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to telling you about one of my favourite love-related things.
TWLOHA is an American charity which does a bit of awareness-raising of the struggles of self harm, suicide, depression and addiction, and a bit of support-raising for treatment and recovery of said struggles.
I think the reason that I love TWLOHA so much is the way that they began, with a girl called Renee, who was waiting to enter rehab for cocaine addiction. Dealing with the memories of her past she cuts awful words into her arms with a razor blade, and when a nurse at a treatment centre sees the wounds the centre announce that they’re not equipped to help her, and a group of friends decide to take care of her, before getting her into rehab 5 days later:
“For the next five days, she is ours to love. We become her hospital and the possibility of healing fills our living room with life. It is unspoken and there are only a few of us, but we will be her church, the body of Christ coming alive to meet her needs, to write love on her arms.”
The above quote is taken from the story of how TWLOHA began, you can find the rest of it here, along with their vision. Please go and read it – it’s worth your time.
Sometimes Christians seem to find these kind of struggles and issues too hard to deal with. The message, even if it is only implied, instead of actually spoken out loud, is that Christians don’t experience these kind of these things. Rather, we should put on a happy smile and sweep everything else under the carpet.
That’s just not how it works. Christians are broken people – we should know that more than everyone else, because to be a Christian is to know that you are poor in spirit, that you are broken and you need a Healer. The rest of the world is broken too, and we’re called to go out and introduce them to that healer, our wonderful Lord Jesus. But, that doesn’t just mean wandering around and telling people that ‘Jesus is the answer’. He is the answer, that’s true, but it’s not always enough to tell people that. We have to show them too.
This quote comes closer to the end of the story:
We often ask God to show up. We pray prayers of rescue. Perhaps God would ask us to be that rescue, to be His body, to move for things that matter. He is not invisible when we come alive. I might be simple but more and more, I believe God works in love, speaks in love, is revealed in our love. I have seen that this week and honestly, it has been simple: Take a broken girl, treat her like a famous princess, give her the best seats in the house. Buy her coffee and cigarettes for the coming down, books and bathroom things for the days ahead. Tell her something true when all she’s known are lies. Tell her God loves her. Tell her about forgiveness, the possibility of freedom, tell her she was made to dance in white dresses. All these things are true.
I love it and I love TWLOHA.
Please go and check them out.
In summary: love and stuff.