A Broken Hallelujah

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This month Prodigal Magazine and SheLoves Magazine are partnering together to bring you this “Broken Hallelujah” link-up on Monday, December 10.

We invite you to write out your own Broken Hallelujah story on your blog and link it up over at Prodigal Magazine. We will also feature a beautiful story by Holly Grantham here on SheLoves tomorrow to help lead the way.

Dear Friend,

We long to open the gates wide to brokenness. To create space for all of us–women and men of all ages–to share our stories of hardship and redemption.

Perhaps it’s a journey through abuse, or bullying, or maybe it’s drugs or alcohol, depression or homelessness, cutting or an eating disorder, but whatever it is, we want to put our arms around the pain and embrace it, and invite healing and light into our darkest places. As we do this, we hope that together we can find more freedom. We don’t want to just dwell on the pain; we want to shine a light on the God in the story and the redemption in it all.

Will you join us? Will you lead the way? At both Prodigal Magazine and SheLoves Magazine, we believe in being real. Leonard Cohen wrote those beautiful lyrics in his song “Anthem” that speak of what we are wanting to do here:

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.

So often we know our cracks; we’re familiar with the brokenness. On this journey, by writing through our stories, we hope to let in more of the light and find more of the Hallelujah.

Will you share your discovery of this kind of “broken hallelujah” with us by writing your story, detailing your journey of faith through the hard times?

At the bottom of this link-up we will also provide a list of resources/institutions, as well as some contact names, for those of us who need further help and support.

We will also be doing a giveaway of Emily Wierenga’s book, Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder.

Please read some of the stories below, and then friend, will you share yours with us?

Thank you,

Darrell Vesterfelt and Idelette McVicker

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[The link-up on Prodigal Magazine will open on Monday, December 10th at 5am EST. See you then!]

**Prodigal Magazine is also setting up a page of resources for us to engage with, if anyone needs more help along this journey.

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Idelette McVicker
If you only know one thing about me, I'd love for you to know this: I love Jesus, justice and living juicy. I also happen to drive a minivan and drink my lattes plain. (My life is exciting enough!) Nineteen years ago, I moved from Taiwan to Canada to marry Scott. We have two teenagers, a preteen, a Bernese Mountain dog and a restaurant. (Ask Scott to tell you our love story.) In 2010, I founded SheLovesmagazine.com and it has now grown to include a Dangerous Women membership community, a Red Couch Bookclub, events and gatherings. I'd like to think of it as curating transformational spaces for women in community. I long for women to be strong in our faith and voice, so we can be advocates for God’s heart for justice here on earth. As an Afrikaner woman, born and raised in South Africa during Apartheid, my story humbly compels me to step out for justice and everyday peacemaking. I have also seen firsthand the impact injustice has had on the lives and stories of women around the world. I refuse to stay silent. I am anti-racist and also a recovering racist. I am a Seven on the Enneagram, an INFP and I mostly wear black, with a dash of animal print or faux fur.
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