Gossipy Feathers on the Wind

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  1. ashleyraine says:

    Hello. First of all, I want to tell you how much I appreciate your blog. Your timely words and insightful musings are a breathe of fresh air.

    I’m writing this in response to both this article above and an earlier post you did entitled “burying our wounded soldiers”.

    I’d like to share a story of how gossip kills. About a year ago, I fell into a deep depression. I told only a few of my closest friends once I knew it was really bad and I knew they’d need to know why I wasn’t myself. I told them about suicidal thoughts I was having; I honestly thought it was normal to consider taking your own life, that just about everyone does at some point. I’ve struggled with this since my early teens.

    But the admission didn’t stay behind closed doors. A church aquaintance, who I only met once or twice knew all about my most intimate secret and I was crushed. “Word gets around in a small community” was all she said.

    The one place where I could take refuge had now become no-man’s land. The gossip threw me deeper into despair, because I had no way of knowing where all the feathers had flown. I became wary of everyone in the pews…Did they know? I didn’t go to church for a few sundays b/c I was so terrified.
    Which only increased their judgements and gossip.

    All I am saying…instead of judging a sister or brother in Christ who is struggling for her life, please help him or her to get out of the line of fire.

    We can only crawl on our own for so long…