Love always responds to loving people

by Craig on January 15, 2013

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For seven months now I have battled to get back to some semblance of what I was before.

My blogging has been sputtery.
Yet many of you still swing by.

This post is to say thank you.

Two things so far have nearly destroyed this humble little blogging effort of mine.

One: the hostile actions of a few very influential bloggers in this community.
They nearly ended the blogs in their first week – and again about a year ago.

The other thing: those seven days of no sleep, and the aftermath, about 7 months ago.

I only know who visits here by comments left or emails received. Right now it’s taking everything I can just to kick out a post every other day or so between the two blogs. I read every comment, and they make me smile because you people are so beautiful.

But I’ve got a heaping backlog of unanswered comments.

I keep meaning to scare up some time to reply to them all.
I thought about shorter replies, or maybe sending out e-mails.
But some comments are so old you may have forgotten what even you said.

So instead of commenting on your comments…
I thought it would be better to comment…on the commenters. :)

You people bring tears to my eyes.

You represent what’s best about this blogging community. I don’t care how many readers you have, how many books you’ve published, or how much money you make. Your hearts are fabulous and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for you.

And so I begin…

A.

You don’t blog, but remember when I told you that you should?
You’re someone who’s really good with words and what’s in their backpacks.

I remember that particular saying from somewhere. :)

You’ve been with me from just about the beginning.
I still remember somebody reading with her hands over her eyes.
You’ve been a faithful and caring friend. I still have a card with an art deco cat on it.

And you know all about the bunnies.

Cora from Hidden Riches: http://www.hiddenrichessecretplaces.blogspot.com/

I remember, every day, looking forward to your comments.
Every one insightful – you never give yourself enough credit.

If I needed to know a Bible verse or hymn, I’d turn to you before Google.

And don’t think you weren’t missed when you were absent.
I know that you’ve been in a personal struggle of your very own.
Know that you have been prayed for. You are a bucketful of hidden riches.

Love always responds to loving people.

If I know you’ve hung with me…
through these last seven months…
there’s a special and unique thank for you.

There is more to this. Please come back.

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Katie January 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Oh Craig, I am glad you have kept writing even if it here and there, hit and miss. Your words have always encourage me and spurred me on to remember Jesus and his love. I have been hit or miss myself for this last year and finally started up a new site, but still my posts are once a week or every other week. You are a dear friend from this community of believers and the internet. I have read your blogs to my husband many times. (He doesn’t get on very much). Know you are still being prayed for when I think of you. I read every blog you post, even if it isn’t right away, so sometimes I don’t go back and post when I have missed and playing catch up.

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Willow January 16, 2013 at 12:00 am

And loving people stand by with loyalty and prayer when someone they care about is hurting too deeply to communicate as usual. Thank you, Craig, for posting today.

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nancy January 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

hi Craig – i have been reading you for some time now because you ALWAYS have a word of hope and encouragement and wisdom. please please don’t ever stop writing and posting. like Katie, i read every blog, and go back through your archives often. it is good to know that you read all the comments here. i still have hope that one day we’ll talk long. God’s blessings to you today and every day.

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Lisa Maria January 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Hello Craig

It’s been a while…I haven’t been blogging very often myself and I have been offline quite a bit. I’ve been doing some catch up reading and chose to visit your site today. I’m sorry that you have been going through so much. it is wonderful that you have such loyal friends to see you through. I’ll have to go through your archives to see what you’ve been up to but I pray all God’s blessings will be with you and I’ll be back.

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A. January 19, 2013 at 1:04 am

Craig, I found your blog during a ‘couldn’t get much darker’ time in my life, and then it did get darker, and you and your blog (and Laska) ministered and spoke to me far more than you can possibly know. Many days, your words (whether to me or to others or just in your post) were what pulled me through a day, and another day, and on it went. For nearly a year and a half, your blog was the only church I had, the only church I could stomach. Back then, you wrote 7 days a week, both posts. Remember that? Whew! I don’t know how you did that, but that was life-saving for me. And you always understood. And I knew that if the day ever came that you didn’t, that Laska would.

Yes, the bunnies. I never understood how the bunnies could be so wrong. And many, many prayers have gone up for you from my neck of the woods. And still do, blessed brother.

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Carrie January 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Craig, I was sorry to hear other bloggers in the community had almost caused you to stop yours. Please don’t! While I don’t visit as often as before, each time I stop over to your place on the web, I learn something new (about myself and you!) Sending along good wishes and praying you’ll continue to persevere.

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