Notes from Jan


April 20, 2017

Small victories.

We all have some, though easy to miss when looking large.

Someday I hope to really meet Anne Lamott,  unlike when we met in a California parking lot at Safeway and, stunned by celebrity, I blurted out all the wrong things, while Anne smiled politely, as she scurried into the grocery store, probably hoping her vaccination was good for more than flu.

She writes words I sometimes think or forces me to rethink words I sometimes hide behind. In her book Small Victories, Anne helps us “spot improbable moments of grace,”like the welcoming grace” found in,”Me,too.”

Anne reminded me of such grace when you blurt out your worst secrets to  someone and instead of being banished in shame,  you’re welcomed with, “Me,too.”

That’s the grace of an AA meeting.

This thought took me to the grace of Christ’s “Me,too” found in Hebrews 4:15.  We read that Jesus,”understands our weaknesses,  for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin.”(NLT)

Is it not possible and helpful in times of doubt, fear ,despair, loneliness, grief, being misunderstood, unjustly accused, even feeling God-forsaken to sense Christ’s tender words of encouragement wrapped in, “Me,too.” ?

I remember confessing something to Jud many years ago, fearful of his rejection.  Instead, I was met with  love, grace and his version of, “Me,too.”

You know those bulletin boards outside most churches? Some announce times of services but too many post Bible verses to scare you into the next county or sayings too cute or trite to make much difference.

Maybe we’d do better to just post, “Me,too.”

Can’t help but wonder.








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  • Reply wendy lane April 20, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Oh so good – yes! Me too! Another favorite thing I say to myself, and out loud, often, is “but for the grace of God so goest I”.

    I remember your post about “meeting” Anne Lamott – I had no idea who she was :). But just in the last week I’ve purchased her book “Traveling Mercies” HIGHLY recommended to me by my dear niece.

  • Reply Karen April 20, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Me too! ❤️

  • Reply Maggie Rowe April 20, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I so appreciate this post, Jan. Read it aloud to Mike and you know what he said? “Me too! “

  • Reply Marty Lefever April 20, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Oh yes…me, too!

  • Reply Rita Smith Dove April 21, 2017 at 2:08 am

    LOVE this, Jan!!!

  • Reply Dan Russ April 21, 2017 at 5:12 am

    “Be kind, for each one you meet fights a great battle.”

  • Reply Dale Lefever April 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    “Me, too,” but I am not confessing why.

    Thanks dear friend,


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