Finding Joy in Trying Times

Marlena Fiol, author of Nothing Bad Between Us, has written a new blog post on how you can still find the joy in life even during challenging times.

Finding Joy in Trying Times

At the end of a long, trying week of division and uncertainty, I’m reminded that there are moments of positivity and hope that creep into troubling times. You find them in both likely and unlikely places. The closing narration of the film Stranger Than Fiction speaks to those moments and how they shape our lives for the better:

“Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies. And, fortunately, when there aren’t any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort. Not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction. And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives. I know the idea seems strange, but I also know that it just so happens to be true.”

Ed and I urge you to grab each and every moment of positivity that comes along and cherish it.

After all, we are together on this journey.


Nothing Bad Between Us

A Mennonite Missionary’s Daughter Finds Healing in Her Brokenness

This story differs from similar accounts of childhood domination or abuse because it tells the story of the author’s seemingly paradoxical responses to the powerful forces in my life, but doesn’t leave it at that. It sheds light on the social and religious dynamics underlying these responses, giving readers insights into and understanding of her otherwise incomprehensible choices, as she found my way back into loving relationships with her parents and the Mennonite community.

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