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(Thought of doing Random Fridays a few days ago. Didn't expect it to start this way. But this is where it decided to.)

Father – I want to hide. I want to burrow down into myself and hermit there.

I want to sit still and silent. Give me ashes, give me sackcloth.

But the cool night air of the courtyard and the wash of traffic noises will have to suffice. Clip clop of horses and jingles of carriages and rumbling of motors.

Will these griefs be never-ending?

How I circle the subject, Lord – how I do not want to have to find words for this grief. How I want to be both still in it and disengaged.

Abba. Father. Daddy.

How each pain is so fresh, so raw.

Thankyou for abrading my callouses. Thankyou for making me sensible to tragedy. Never let me grow aloof or unconcerned again. Keep me from bitterness.

Thankyou for the deep and solemn joy that dwells in the sorrow, Lord, that belongs to your compassion.

Thankyou for the sad eyes in the world, who constitute a fellowship of brokenness.

Thankyou for the sanctity of heartbrokenness, for poverty of spirit.

Thankyou that you have made us to mourn with those who mourn.

Thankyou that no hurt is insignificant.

Thankyou that no hurt is all-conquering.

Show me how to love.

Luke 4:16-21
[Jesus] went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.


( 2 speakses — have a speak )
Oct. 16th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 5:1 For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For this reason we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed even when putting off [our earthly home] we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened--not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord; 7 therefore we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord . . . 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:11a
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you. That's one of my favourite passages. Paul's experience of God in his ministry is definitely an encouragement!

as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:4-10
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