Sometimes there are no words for the things that we hear and witness living in this culture. I've attempted this entry a few times now and just can't seem to find a way to articulate my thoughts. So read along with me if you will and maybe we will figure this out together.
|Alongside the roads...|
"The task is too great. It would take 50 lifetimes to affect this culture in a significant way."
"I'm not cut out for this."
"In fact, I'm not feeling compassionate at all in this moment. I want to slug somebody."
1 Corinthians says: "All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too...
"...Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing. You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation—I don’t want you in the dark about that either. I can see your faces even now, lifted in praise for God’s deliverance of us, a rescue in which your prayers played such a crucial part."
Life on life is what we do here. We laugh, we celebrate, we sweat, we mourn…together. God in His graciousness has dispatched His ambassadors throughout the world to offer His compensation for a people robbed of peace, joy, assurance; to rescue them from fatalism and hopelessness.
I'm not meant to create the change on my own. No one can do that. No government can do that. God continues to seek out those who need reconciliation. I am a facilitator of His message. I simply share the heart of my Father. As I have freely received, I now freely give…words of life, words of consolation, words of forgiveness, words of hope.
I'm so thankful to Jesus for all He is to me and to those soon to meet Him…no words.