November 7, 2018

Marissa Henley on Loving a Friend Who is Suffering

Each week this season on By Faith, I’m talking with a guest about the ins and outs of friendship. As I wrote about in my book Messy Beautiful Friendship, friendship isn’t easy for anyone; it takes time, intentionality, and lots of grace. And sometimes we have to navigate complexities and hurts in friendship that leave us uncertain and crushed. I’m right there with you, and my guests are here to help us think through it all.

Before we get to today’s episode, I want you to know that I’ll be closing our season on friendship in December with an "Ask Me Anything" episode. I’ve asked my longtime friend, Jo Franklin, to join me for a conversation where we’ll tackle your questions together. Jo and I have known each other since we were 10. She lives in Nashville with her husband and three kids, and is one of the most servant-hearted people I’ve ever met. If you’d like to submit a question for the "Ask Me Anything episode" simply click here.

Today my guest on By Faith is Marissa Henley. When Marissa’s kids were little, she was diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of cancer. As you can imagine, with one phone call, her life was immediately flipped on its head. As she began treatment, her friends came through for her in a big way. She’s written a new book called, Loving YourFriend Through Cancer, but you’ll find in listening to this episode that we can apply the examples and tips she gives to any sort of suffering in the lives of those around us. You’ll also find an example of faith and hope in suffering in her battle against cancer.
I'm giving away a copy of Marissa's book over on my Instagram page this week, so come find me there to win your copy. 

In addition, remember a few months ago when, in preparation for a talk on suffering within community, I crowd-sourced Instagram using this question: “What is the best thing a friend did for you in your suffering?” I got so many great responses that I compiled them and put them up on my blog as a go-to resource for all of us. I've made a printable of the list or you can simply read the blog post.

Listen to my conversation with Marissa on iTunes or, if you're on my website, in the embedded player below. Enjoy!


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