A few weeks ago, Travis Reed from The Work of the People came to visit us here in Abbotsford. The time we spent together was a gift to our family, we all loved him. It felt like … holy ground. For many reasons. I think I might write a separate post about it, in fact. Our conversations on and off camera were rich, moving easily from laughter to tears, silly to profound. Travis is a whirlwind of grace, leaving you breathless for the beauty of life.

Now he is at work, creating beautiful videos out of our visit. This is the first one: You are Not Forgotten. I wanted to share it with you all.

I’ve loved The Work of the People for many years now. Make sure you spend time there – you won’t be the same.

In which I am learning to obey the sadness
In which these are the unforced rhythms of grace
thank you for sharing...
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  • Sandie Beresford

    Thank you! I needed to hear those words tonight that we are not forgotten, that we are so loved and treasured by our amazing Creator!

  • Megan Gahan

    I have no coherent words after this my friend. So beautifully and truthfully expressed. Thank you.

  • Sandy Jones Fox

    Just breathtaking.

  • Tara Bowker

    Beautiful!

  • Liz Wolf

    This part of your book made me cry too. Thank you for sharing it in this way.

  • Perfect timing…I just read that chapter last night! Yes, it is not being seen in our darkness and weakness that is hardest…the “oh, aren’t you better yet?” oblivion. It is not until I learned that it is Jesus who is always seeing and perceiving me that reminds me to walk on with him, even if it looks like I’m forgotten … because appearances can be deceiving.

  • Love that Travis sat down with you … What beauty and richness you have within you, friend. Love love LOVE this.

  • Heather Deeming

    Oh, Sarah. Thank for sharing. So beautiful.

  • Mark Demers

    Thanks, Sarah.

  • Tara Porter-Livesay

    I spend at least an hour there every week. SO GLAD you’re there now. GAH! So lovely, Sar.

  • Sandra Sands

    I have come to look forward to your posts. You so eloquently put in words the feelings that I carry in my heart and spirit and pray out to Abba!

  • Mindy

    Thank you for this! This spoke straight to my heart as my husband and I have been living far from home for 3 years now and just experienced a miscarriage in January. No family and no close friends nearby so I too kept it to myself and that was exactly when I had my turning point. There was nothing else to do except turn to scripture as that was the only thing I could think of that would help me process everything that had happened. I’m so glad there are women out there like you willing to share your story so women like me can know that we’re not alone in our struggles.

  • And here I am, eyes watering in my office again. Beautiful stuff, Sarah (and Travis).

  • Beautiful. I think that is always my deepest, even if unacknowledged fear, and the most important thing to acknowledge in others. Thanks for sharing this!

  • This is beautiful. Like you, my dear. I love the story of God using the woman to send you the message that you are not forgotten. I love how He works.

  • Becky

    I’ve been feeling very much forgotten… but for different reasons. I was just blessed with my fourth healthy baby… but I live in a small town with no friends (I moved in here… wasn’t raised here)… and (seemingly) no opportunity for business growth (photography and calligraphy). And for those reasons I sit out here on our farm… and I feel forgotten. 🙁

  • Shawna Harmon Berg

    Thank you for the gift this is – I feel like it was just for me today – exactly what I needed to hear in this space – tears flowing freely – Frederick Buechner says you should pay attention to those moments too – thank you.

  • Misty-eyed first thing this morning. That’s a good thing, right? Especially when there is much writing to do!

    I love your tender heart. It makes room for mine.

  • I felt the same thing from you when you looked into my eyes and gave me a big hug in Austin. I felt not forgotten.

  • Karen Skutt

    My heart soaked this up like a dry sponge. Thank you!

  • Jenivere Peters

    So, we moved to Calgary less than a year ago and we feel so lost. We left behind our ‘known’ (physically and spiritually) and are in the wilderness now… wondering if we made a mistake, standing at a crossroad, unable to hear from God (or so we feel right now). Wondering if it really is ok to ‘leave that life’. When you said actually said the word ‘Calgary’ it pierced my heart! In the best way. Thanks. 🙂

  • KristenStrong

    Beautiful truth you tenderly share here, Sarah. Thank you for this.

  • Monica

    Thank you, Sarah for letting us know we are not forgotten. I just finished asking God to feed my soul because I am so hungry and in such deep need. Your story has brought nourishment. You are right, we all long to be seen and need to know that we matter without having to perform or prove ourselves worthy. This is something I have longed to do for other women, but God is showing me that I need to have this for myself, too. Praise God for His simplicity and grace!

  • Janel A

    sometimes all we’re longing for is someone to see us – AMEN Sarah, amen. Oh how my heart needed this this week.

  • carissa

    thank you for reminding us of who we are…of all the good, of all the beauty, of all the hope, of our belief that all things ARE being made new. now.

  • Thank you for this important testimony. I have a similar one; God reached out to me after a miscarriage during a theatrical production. He is so faithful to remind us that He is always present…such a powerful truth for our hurting hearts.

  • Beautiful

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  • Amanda Cooksey

    Thank you for this. People need to hear this, especially those of us walking through grief. I lost my son at birth in February. After a couple of months I was feeling forgotten. On that day I got a package in the mail from someone that I don’t know with a note that they had heard our story through a friend. I then knew that we were not forgotten.

  • Samantha-Brian Franklin

    “There is no tear that will not be wiped away”. Love this.
    http://www.PeachNeitherHereNorThere.blogspot.com

  • a wolf

    stunning

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  • emmillerwrites

    I love this for so many reasons, but one that should not go unnoted is the part at the end, where you are like, “Wendell Berry? Frederick Buechner?” Because how many conversations have we all had where it’s like, who was that? How do you pronounce “Buechner” again? That more than anything made this feel to me like a hope-filled, beauty-filled conversation with a friend.

  • Wendy Thompson

    I’m coming back every day to drill this message into my head. I really appreciate you sharing your heart and words of wisdom like you did.

  • Erin

    Thank you!! Really spoke to my heart.

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