Be careful about giving advice. If you do, be prepared to act on it. When I give a student some new vocabulary and ask him to write a sentence using a new word, he writes a sentence and I write a sentence. If I ask a student to write a paragraph on a subject, he writes one and I write one. If I assign a practice test, he does it and I do it. The only place I have given advice on this website is under Author. I said, “Practice and practice some more.” Do I follow my own advice? Yes. I practice writing every single day. If you advise and you are not prepared to act, how empty the words are.
I realized over the course of an evening that loneliness is an invitation. From whom? The Master, the Man who hangs on the cross, the Man I love. Lo these many years, the invitation was made, but I did not understand or was unwilling to accept. Writing brings clarity, and it has brought me to a point of acceptance.
Here is some practice writing: Only two people have ever loved me, my parents. They never hurt me, but they are gone. I have been walked on by many people, including family, and I would not cut them off, which enabled them. That is ending. A long time ago, my mother said to me, “You expect too much of people.” What she was really saying was, don’t expect anything from anyone. My Lord has been telling me the same thing all my life. How much my parents modeled Him for me! I have always loved myself while others did not. Nevertheless, the love that I have for the people in my life will not change. I am learning a new way – take some time off, be quiet, be with Him alone, get closer and closer every day.
Thanks for considering advice I have just given myself.
When I visited by brother for the last time, he told me he had a dream, and in the dream Christ gave him communion. I am confident Tommy will be raised up on the last day.