Monday, April 29, 2013

To the Faithful,

This past weekend, I heard a homily that really spoke to me but also left me with a heavy heart.  It was based on the readings of Acts 14:21-27, Revelation 21:1-5 and John 13:31-35.  I have put the readings below if you would like to read them.
You see, the preacher made a wonderful connection between all the readings.  When we are hurt, we should help and love the one who is hurting us.  “Love thy enemy.”  With all that has been going on in the world lately, it really has a great message.  It will not be easy.  Not in the slightest.  As I listened to him give such a wonderful homily, I was reminded of all that has been going on in my life.  I will not yet go into the details as it’s such a personal matter and I haven’t figured out a way to talk about it.  But as I sat there listening to him tell us how to forgive those who have and will hurt and wrong us, I couldn’t help but think, “But what if it’s God who is the one doing the hurting?”  Yup.  That’s how I feel.  I could deal if it was a person right in front of me.  What do you do when it’s God?  What do you do when you feel that He has turned His back? 
So much has happened in my life over the last 3-5 years.  I have been hurt by several people who you’d never want to be hurt by.  And I relied on Him to get through.  I even rationalized that He wanted me to do that.  To learn not to trust things or people of this world, but to rely on Him.  But over the last 18 months, and especially since the beginning of this year, I feel like He could change things, He could help me.  But, He hasn’t.  He sits back silently while I sit, trying to live a life for Him, for His glory, and I feel lost.  I cry.  I cry.  I cry.  I am hurting.  I have felt hurt before, really bad hurt.  But this, this lack of being near me, of feeling like He’s no longer there, like He doesn’t care, is a hurt that no one should feel.  For the first time in my life, I felt I knew what my purpose was in this world.  He gave that to me of this I’m sure.  So why, why would He leave me and not help me fulfill that purpose?
Don’t get me wrong, I still have faith in Him.  That doesn’t change.  But that is also why I am so hurt.  He loves all of us.  He is there for everyone.  Then why is He hurting me so? 
I have been listening to “Manifesto” by The City Harmonic this morning.  I do believe in Him.  Just sitting here so undeniably hurt.

Acts 14:21-27
The Return to Antioch in Syria

21 After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium and Antioch. 22 There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.” 23 And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.
24 Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. 25 When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26 From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had completed. 27 When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.
Revelation 21:1-5

The New Heaven and the New Earth

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

John 13:31-35

The New Commandment


31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33 Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


  1. I feel like this sometimes, too. It is not easy. It's not comfortable. And it certainly never seems fair.

    I guess I would give you the same advice I give myself. Acknowledge your feelings. You are feeling this way, so there's no use in pretending that you are not. Talk to Him about them. Yell at Him, if you need to -- He can take it. Then, try to respond, to act, according to your reason instead of your emotions. Trust in what you *know*. You *know* that God is all good. You *know* that He has a plan for every one of us. You *know* that He loves you passionately. You *know* that He has not forgotten you. Even if all your emotions try to tell you something differently.

    Next, try to focus on other people. Do something to make someone else's suffering better. This both helps distract you from your own suffering, but also helps you to grow in love, compassion and docility to His Will.

    Love you! Know that I'm here whenever you need, even if it's only an ear to listen.

  2. I felt like this before Krystin and someone reminded me that the TEACHER is ALWAYS silent during the TEST!!! Please stay prayerful and know that this is a TEST for your TESTIMONY!!! I will keep you and your family in prayer.