Amazingly, this is my 500th post since Judson’s death…and the timing is especially apropos considering today, December 1st, is the official release date for his book Eyes that See: Judson’s Story of Hope in Suffering (okay, you figured me out, I waited to post my 500th until today). Eyes that See is now available exclusively on this site until April 6, 2010, at which time it will be available for purchase in bookstores everywhere.
Some of you may have been readers of my blog prior to Judson’s death and others of you may have just discovered No Artificial Colors or Flavors within the last month, but either way, I am incredibly grateful that you have been willing to walk this Journey Toward Wholeness with me.
Over the last two years I have had people ask me whether my blog is simply about my life as a grieving mother. And although my grief has obviously been the most prominent aspect of my writing since losing Jud, my intent is much broader. Therefore, I thought my 500th post might be a great occasion to bring definition to the purpose of my writing.
With each blog I long to offer a vulnerable and candid glimpse into a personal journey grappling with the challenges of faith and life in a broken, painful world. It is my desire to be real and authentic about my thoughts and feelings as I struggle to honor and trust God in my everyday experiences of life. For this reason, much of what compels me to write are the difficult issues that stir my soul, the jagged edges, the pangs and pains of living, which are influenced by many things including being forever shaped by the death of my Judson. Meanwhile, whether directly or indirectly, I wish for my writing to reflect the One True Hope I have found as I deal with the tensions in my soul and my observations in this world.
In many ways, these are my personal journals, made public…which has involved risk. But it has been an intentional and calculated risk and I have felt compelled to write. Though there may be times my thoughts are misinterpreted, misconstrued, or even criticized (which is par for the course), I have also been given a great and unexpected gift through the process – I have received tremendous love, support, encouragement, and blessing from people. So today, I want to take the opportunity to speak directly to you, my reader, and thank you for electronically walking through this journey of life with me.
So in appreciation for your support and in honor of Judson and the release of his book, I would like to give away two copies of Eyes that See. Simply post your name in the comments section of my blog and next Monday, Dec. 7th, I will randomly draw the name of two people whom I will send a free copy. I will post the names of those recipients next Tuesday.
Cannot thank you enough,
P.S. My 500th post seemed a fitting time to change the color of my blog. What do you think?