The Tuesday Letters

 


The summer that I was fourteen, I fell in love with Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass.

Every Soul a Star is a sweet middle grade novel about what happens when an eclipse brings three kids together for a brief but extraordinary moment. It's a book about friendship and change and hope, and I love it more than I can say. Reading it each summer is one of my favorite traditions.

Because the book centers around an eclipse, much of the story revolves around astronomy and stargazing. If you know anything about stargazing, you know that it's something that can only really be done on a clear night. Only when the sky is clear can you truly see the beauty of the heavens for all it's worth.

The hope for clear skies turns into a catchphrase of sorts. "I wish you clear skies," the characters say as they part. 
I always loved that. "I wish you clear skies." It's the purest hope, wishing clear skies for another.

Over the past few years, I've found myself praying more and more for clear skies, for rivers in the wasteland. Life is often hard and heavy, and I'd be lying if I said that it didn't threaten to overtake me more often than not. I know I'm never alone in that - we're all fighting for light.

Three years ago, I said yes to something that had been sitting on my heart for quite a while and started the Tuesday Letters. Born out of a love for letters, a detestation of Tuesdays, and a need for hope, the Tuesday Letters are a weekly email that I send out in the hopes of making the world feel just a bit lighter. They're filled with encouragement, laughter, art, and Jesus, and they hold such a huge piece of my heart. 

When there isn't a clear solution and everything feels tangled up, sometimes you just need a bit of encouragement to help you face it all, and I pray that these letters can be that for you. At the end of the day, it's my hope that the Tuesday Letters serve as a reminder that there's always someone in your corner, cheering you on and wishing you clear skies. 

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