Monday, August 10, 2015

You + Blog = Wow

I have something on my mind. Actually, it's someone. It's you. It's you and how you've responded to this blog.

I remember the first time I sat down to write a post in April. It was important to me to fully explain my illness and ease your fears, rather than pop something short and unsettling in your news feed... "Rough day, I have cancer" dropped somewhere between Spring Break photos and trivial memes.

A blog was the natural solution, but I didn't have a blog. With thoughts racing through my mind, I googled how to start, chose a platform, set a basic framework, and wrote a few paragraphs. And then I hit the publish button. It was that simple -- a communication tool for family and friends.

So here is why you've been on my mind: because this blog stretches so far beyond my initial scope, and so do you. In four months, I've written 50 posts, and racked up 22,000 page views. And the blog has become less about me and cancer -- and more about you. It crosses cultural and religious lines and is now read by complete strangers. 

You're a fusion of every element of the human experience. You're gay and straight. Liberal and conservative. Young and old. Male and female. Married and single. Rich and poor. Many of you are Christians like me, but many of you are not. You're Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, Atheist, and Wiccan. You come from all over the United States. A lot of you come from Israel. (1,100 page views?!) Others come from Russia, Europe, Canada, India, and Belarus. (Go find that on a map.) We're all so different and live very different lives, yet I keep writing and you keep reading. 

So, what is it that resonates with all of you? 

I'm convinced it's God's love, whether you've accepted it yet or not. Understand this: God doesn't look at us in the way I've listed us above. He sees all of us and each one of us as the same -- His children -- regardless of whether you call Him your Father. He doesn't love me more than you. He doesn't see any of us as better than the rest of us. He looks at you -- yes, YOU -- with the same eyes of love and grace as He looks at me. We're meant to be one giant family -- His. And we're all searching for hope and goodness and peace in our lives. (If you missed "For My Friends Who Don't Believe in God," please take a moment to read it. That post alone had 756 page views. What?)

It's been a wild four months. And I don't know where this blog will lead me, but I do know I wouldn't want to go anywhere without you -- every single one of you. Thank you for accepting a piece of my heart and trusting me with a bit of yours.

With humble thanks,

Emily

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. - Ephesians 1:5

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