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Shannan Martin is the author of Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted, wife of a jail chaplain, and mom to four kiddos. She's a big believer in community and salsa, and blogs at ShannanMartinWrites.com.

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  1. Shannan,
    Thank-you for all of your refreshing thoughts.
    “Welcome new perspectives, and find those alone on the margins.”

    When I’ve put myself in another’s shoes it’s helped me find them. I’d like to join you in walking the withness. (I really like that word).
    Have a blessed day, and Happy belated Thanksgiving
    Penny

  2. “Any revolution will begin here in our kitchens and on our sofas as we look long into the eyes around us, daring to imagine life through a different lens.” Amen. Thank you for shifting the perspective today! We need the lens that allows us to focus on the unseen before the seen, all around us and inside each other.

  3. Thank you Shannan for these beautiful words! I love the idea of “withness.”

    I’ve missed seeing your name in these posts so am glad you’re back.

  4. Thank-you for this challenge to unselfishly extend the love of Christ to those around us, balanced with the need to not over-extend ourselves. We need each other!

  5. Shannan,

    I sat knee to knee with my dad yesterday at the assisted living as we shared a Thanksgiving meal. It was good to see residents families join them for a change. I’m not big on hospitality, but for Christmas this year I did reach out to two young children on Angel tree and got them nice gifts-one outfit and a toy for the boy & two dressy outfits for the girl. I try to reach out & help the less fortunate in my area.

    I agree that we need to quit having division and learn to love each other regardless of & because of differences. That way we will meet new people and learn things. We will be blessed because of it!

    Blessings 🙂

  6. Shannan, may the Lord be praised for your gracious posting. The holidays can be a time of hard for those at the margins. “Where we have promised ourselves margin this season, let’s find those alone at the margins” is such a grace-filled message because it challenges us to seek the Lord in all His people, not just family, friends, or those deemed good. What a beautiful message that can change perspectives and move to end divisions and prejudices. Especially in this time of year, may we all seek the Savior in each other and those brothers and sisters in the margins, seeking to welcome them into our lives and spaces with the warmth of His mercy, love and grace 🙂

  7. Shannan, I just finished reading your book, “Falling Free”. I want to give it as a Christmas gift to so many people. We lost our beautiful 20 year old son this Fall. Between his death and your book, I feel like a veil has been lifted from my eyes. I have been convicted to reach out to a neighbor that I have barely spoken to for almost 3 years. I told her about your book today and apologized for not showing her true hospitality before now. She is coming over to my house for coffee next week. Her entire life has been lived on the margin and I need to hear her story. Thank you for opening my eyes and my heart to the true meaning of hospitality.

    • Leslie, your comment just stopped me in my tracks. I’m so very sorry about your loss.
      It’s humbling that you would be writing my ol’ words while you’re in the midst of this sadness. I’m grateful God is somehow using them to breathe life into your soul. He’s so good at doing that in the most surprising ways. That you are reaching out to your neighbors right now? Just stunning and inspiring. Please feel my love tonight zooming back to you.

      • Shannan,

        I just told my husband tonight to let Cory know that your writing has moved me in a way that I can’t explain. Our son would have been 21 in January. We never ran an obituary and there were 650 people at his Celebration of Life. He touched so many lives in his short time here. We can’t turn around without seeing him or hearing his voice. My son made a terrible decision on September 10th, but we know with absolute certainty that he is in the loving arms of our Savior. We grieve with hope that we will be reunited with him one day, but for now there is so much work to be done. I will be starting a suicide prevention program in Goshen Community Schools after the first of the year, and having coffee with many more neighbor’s.