Reflection Of Traveling Mercies

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“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45, NIV). God makes it clear that people will have many trials in this life whether they believe in Jesus or not. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott, gives life examples of those trials and tribulations. Lamotts life circumstances may seem strenuous and difficult at times, but in the process God is using Lamotts life as part of His beautiful tapestry that can be difficult to see this side of heaven. In this reflection I will provide a summary of Traveling Mercies, explain how her experiences resonated with my own life and end by addressing questions I would ask her if she were present. The first section of Traveling Mercies was about a woman who told her life story of faith. She began her story as a young child, explaining her home-life and religious background. She began at age 5 and talked about her Catholic friend who …show more content…
In this case the sin is causing brokenness in her family. Her parent’s coldness towards God influenced her greatly as a child and adolescent. While she still made her own decisions, she still looked for their approval. This reminds me of my struggle of trying to win my parents approval for love. She gave the example of trying to get good grades to win approval, which is what I did as a teenager. I constantly felt I needed to be successful in school in order to be loved, especially by my father. I could relate for her desire to reach out to her friend’s families for the love and support she wasn’t receiving from home. During my parent’s divorce and afterwards I looked at my friends families as part of my extended family. Once I started going to church I also came to the realization that my church family was closer than my real family. Like Anne, I bonded with my church family and felt a peace

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