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Why do people feel the need to go to counsellors and therapists? I used to be one, so people often ask me this. Many end up going to a qualified stranger for one very simple reason: to be known. They want to share their life in a safe place and have another human being know their story and accept them. To be known and accepted by another? The human psyche deeply craves to be understood.
A friend of mine once scribbled a short poem on a polystyrene coffee cup and gave it to me after church. That longing is also part of the reason for self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Gamblers Anonymous: they provide a place where you can tell your story to people who have walked in your shoes and who share your struggles, knowing that they will understand and not condemn you.
We all want to be understood. It shows you understand. I think of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well. Normally it would be terrifying to meet such a man, but for her it was absolutely thrilling. With five marriages behind her she finally met the man of her dreams, who just happened to be the Messiah. We were built to be known, and in Psalm we discover the mighty, wonderful counsellor God, who knows us inside out and outside in.
I am pained by my graceless heart, my prayer-less days, my poverty of love, my sloth in the heavenly race, my sullied conscience, my wasted Mbm tired of being mistreated by wife, my unspent opportunities. I am blind while light shines around me: take the scales from my eyes, grind to dust the evil heart of unbelief.
Make it my chief joy to study thee, meditate on thee, gaze on thee, sit like Mary at thy feet, lean like John on thy breast, appeal like Peter to thy love, count like Paul all things dung. Give me increase and progress in grace so that there may be more decision in my character, more vigour in my purposes, more elevation in my life, more fervour in my devotion, more constancy in my zeal. Ride forth in me, thou king of kings, and lord of Lords, that I may live victoriously, and in victory attain in my end.
Mike Raiter passed on this story to me a couple of years ago that touches on a key element of the story of the prodigal son. He sat there oblivious to people's disapproving stares and thought back 20 years to when he lived in the little red-brick house just around the corner. He wasn't even sure if the house would still be there. Maybe they'd bulldozed it years ago.
He remembers riding his bike up the path of the house to the front door and he remembers the bougainvillea climbing up the walls. That was 20 years ago. The pub had become more of a home than his red-brick house and the debts had piled up. The day he'd gone home to ask his parents for a loan the house had been empty and he knew exactly where Dad kept the money so he just helped himself.
That was the last time he'd seen them. He hadn't wanted to go home after that and they'd lost track of him. They knew nothing of his years of wandering or of the prison sentence.
Yet while being locked up in the cell he often thought about them. Once he was free, he would love to see them again if they were still alive but would they want to see him? Since then he'd found a job but something kept drawing him back home and often it was just seeing another red-brick house or a kid on a bike or bougainvillea so he began the long journey walking or hitching a ride.
And, then, about 20 miles from home he had second thoughts; what right had he to do this and just walk in the house? Could they ever reconcile this haggard man that he'd become with the boy they'd loved and who'd so bitterly disappointed them? He sat by the street and thought about the short letter he'd posted just a couple of days before. Well, he couldn't put it off any longer. He got up stiff and shivering.
He slowly shuffled down the street towards the old house. The sun was shining on the little red house except it wasn't a red house because every wall was festooned with white. Every window was hung with white sheets, white pillowcases, white towels, white table cloths, white handkerchiefs, napkins, and white curtains ran right across the roof. The man threw back his head and breathed a sigh of Mbm tired of being mistreated by wife. He ran up the street and straight in at the open front door. These sorts of stories of the lost coming home really touch a chord with many of us. You may have heard the very sad news that baby Elijah died on Monday afternoon at the age of only 5 months 11 days.
Our minds race through with so many questions but we only have a few answers. But they are profound answers that speak hope into our grief. God becomes flesh and does what he expects us all to do; to weep with those who weep. The heavy rain this week reminded me of the tears of Christ for Andrew and Jess and their wider family and friends. But Jesus not only weeps with us in our pain he tackles death head on. Our Lord both defeated death in his resurrection and will return again to destroy our final enemy, death, once and for all.
As of parents who believe in Christ, Elijah is deemed to be in the covenant of grace. We take heart that Elijah is part of the new creation where there is no more grief or pain or death. Jesus cares through our love, our tears, our meals, our hugs, our words of support, and our prayers.
I thank God for your ongoing support of Jess and Andrew and their wider family. We are all impacted by this news. We understand that life is fragile and time is precious. One person told me that they have been hugging their children more since hearing the news of Elijah. I will never get to hold this tiny, fragile body ever again. But I know I will see your gorgeous smile again when I come to be with the Lord.
He will look after you better than I have and ever will. How I need you though. I got used to waking up early each day to come and visit you in your hospital bed. You would sometimes be upset but when I held you, I knew you felt at home. You would never fail to give me or anyone a smile.
And when I got the camera out, I dunno you realised you could make this a fun game of us finding creative ways to get a picture of you smiling lol. I'm so glad you waited for both daddy and I to be with you before you left us. For us to be with you when you did.
I got to hold you right before you said your goodbye to us. And I am so glad I got to hold you when you left us. I wish I could hold you forever, but no, I have to hold you in my heart, forever. Until we meet again. I love you. Thank You Father that You are the faithful, good and righteous God. You are the Lord who always keeps Your promises. You are the God who is gracious and merciful in salvation, even as You are just and wrathful in Your judgments.
We thank You for Your faithfulness throughout the centuries, throughout the millennia; You have always kept Your promises, Your plans for our salvation have been unwavering. We thank You that even as the people of the earth had become so wicked that You were grieved You made human beings and determined to destroy them by flood — un-creating and recreating out of water — in Your grace You acted to save Noah and His family, through whom You would continue to work out Your promise to bring blessing to the world.
We thank You that even as humanity rose again in rebellion against You at Babel — using the technology that You had enabled them to discover, they sought to make a name for themselves in neglect and defiance of You. Yet You in Your grace chose a man, Abraham, and made him great and precious promises to bring blessing to all nations through him and his seed. We thank You that though the people of Israel were enslaved and mistreated in Egypt, in faithfulness to Your promise to Abraham, and in Your great grace, You sent them a deliverer — Moses.
You rescued them out of Egypt, from under the yoke of slavery. We thank You for this great act of salvation that pointed forward to an even greater salvation that would come — rescue from sin and death and Satan by the blood of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world so that Your judgment passes over us who trust Him, and falls only upon Your enemies. We thank You for giving the Israelites the tabernacle, which became the temple — a place where You could dwell in their midst and they could come into Your presence — though only by sacrifice and priestly mediation for You are a Holy God.
And we thank You that this pointed forward to a greater temple, to God truly coming to dwell amongst humans in the flesh — and making it possible for people to come into Your presence, the Mbm tired of being mistreated by wife of the Holy God by faith, through Your priestly mediation and sacrifice. We thank You Father for giving Israel Your Law at Mount Sinai, which among other things, displayed to them and to us that no one can be obedient to God, no one can keep the Law to be right with God, that sin is so pervasive and powerful that we need God to save us.
We thank You that though Israel rebelled against You again and again, You were faithful to Your promises. You brought judgment upon them as You promised, but even in doing so, You continued to show mercy, preserving a remnant through whom You would one day bring blessing to all nations. We thank You for raising up a man after Your own heart, a king to whom You would make the incredible promise that his dynasty would endure forever, the promise that his kingdom would be eternal — a promise that looked forward to a great King who would one day come to fulfil that promise.
We thank You for Solomon, the King gifted by You with incredible wisdom, who causes us to look forward to the coming of one greater than Solomon, the one who will not only be just but perfectly wise, who in Himself is wisdom from God for us.
We thank You that while the kings of Israel and Judah, and the nations themselves, continued to rebel against You and turn to foreign gods, You were faithful to Your promise to bring judgment upon them, and yet You were faithful to Your promise to Abraham; in Your grace You always kept a remnant. We thank You for growing a prophetic hope for the prophets, who, whilst proclaiming judgment on the rebellious nations of Israel and Judah, also proclaimed Your salvation — the coming of a whole new era when things would be made right and all Your promises would come to fulfilment.
We thank You for Your promise of a New Covenant, a covenant that deals with the terrible disease of sin once and for all, a covenant that promises internal transformation — a new heart that is not a heart of stone but a heart of flesh, and a new desire to be obedient to You, a desire deep within by Your Spirit. We thank You for Your promise of a Spirit-age, where, with the coming of the Spirit-King, you will breathe life into the dead by Your Spirit and pour out Your Spirit on all types of people, an age in which people are cleansed and changed deep within. We thank You for Your promise of a whole New Creation, for a time when all things will be transformed, when there will be universal harmony, when the whole created order will be put right and the effects of sin will be no more.
We thank You Father that You are You — the God who makes promises out of a character of love and grace, and keeps those promises on pain of death. Thank You Father. I would like to grow old with my husband and see my kids grow up. But God appears to have a better plan. I know that he is faithful. His plans are the best and do not revolve around me. Why has God given me cancer? Maybe it is to make me repent of my wrongs and turn to Jesus — Mbm tired of being mistreated by wife has certainly done this. Maybe it is to make me talk more to my friends and family about Jesus — it has certainly done this.
Maybe it is for reasons way beyond my understanding — it is certainly at least this. All I know is that God has given me this gift of cancer to use for his glory. We pray daily for the cancer to miraculously go away. But if God chooses to say no, we can trust him nonetheless. It is still hard to really grasp that I am only here for a very little while.Mbm tired of being mistreated by wife
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