Feeling the need to vent. I am dismayed, annoyed and in wonder all at the same time.
If my thinking is incorrect, feel free to correct me, Christians are so labeled due to the desire to be “Christ-like”, to live in His image, follow His ways right? I have been a follower of Jesus since the age of 16. 41 years of drawing my life closer to Christ, His ways, His loves, His desires. In all of those years of study and drawing nearer to the Savior, I found a Lord who loves unconditionally; who never once in all of my reading and study turned someone away due to a “flaw”, act, condition, predisposition, ailment, hair color, etc…. Then please tell me, dear reader, why Christians in the name of Christ turn others away?
If we are Christians, how can we tell someone that they are not fit to be a part of us? How? How can we possibly do that? Where in the Bible did Jesus/God give us a loop hole for acceptance?
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
I hurt for those we hurt in the name of Christ,
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.
It has been yet another season in the life of this blogger. Recently the seasons have been harsh; battering my emotions with gail force trials. My Pastor, co-worker in ministry, boss and friend has gone home to be with the Lord after living on this earth for 62 years. He fought esophageal cancer with every ounce that he had. He gave the disease and his life to the Lord and the Lord called him home Sunday evening, September 27th.
I have lost loved ones before. I have grieved before, but the pain I experienced through this death was more painful for me than any other. Why? I don’t know if I will ever be able to answer that question. This death ripped something apart in me that opened flood gates I did not know existed. Maybe when you have labored in ministry with someone it creates a unique bond. Again, I don’t know…..just guessing at this point. But the pain was real and unique for me. It would hit me in waves, totally unexpected. I would wail and rock and sob. I would be fine one moment and the next have uncontrollable tears running down my cheeks. I would think I was okay to handle daily duties and then BAM…dagger to the heart. Crazy.
And then in the blink of an eye, the pain was gone, over, finished.
Allow me to change the wording in the above scripture just a little bit; “But joy comes in the mourning.” Grief is a process of healing. Grief is the last act of love. Grief is a gift. Grief teaches us what to do with the love that is left behind on earth when the loved one is home with the Lord. If we give grief the reign it needs, it will walk us through the pain and into the “morning.”
Through Christ Who Strengthens Us,