Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Reminded today

Today I am reminded that:

  • when the sun comes out here in the Pacific Northwest, it's been worth the wait! and
  • I really am a sun-fiend and
  • so are my dogs
  • I love having Beve home for Spring Break (Vacation Beve's in town)
But I'm also reminded that
  • there are people hurting all over this planet 
  • sometimes being there for a friend is all that is required
  • pain comes in all shapes and sizes
  • physical pain isn't the worst of it--not even close
  • "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength."
Contentment. Being reminded today to be content with what I have, while praying for those who have not. Not reaching for what I don't have, not struggling for what isn't, but learning to stand with the suffering, to sit with the hurting, to be there, in body, in heart, in spirit with those who in need. This I am learning today.

Such things have no politics, no rights. Where there are hurting people, there I should be. Where there is someone in pain--perhaps someone who is a homosexual, for instance--there I should stand. I do stand. Gladly. That is what I believe. Where there are people who have been marginalized and ostracized and cut off, there, as a Christ-one, as His Ambassador, I am. Because He loves. Without thought to such things as what the nature of person. He knows the heart of each of us. And HE loves us. Therefore, as His, with only Him as my standard, so do I.

I am reminded of this today. The cross on which He died--excluding NO one, because He loves, excluding NO one.

1 comment:

Dawn Paoletta said...

Hi my friend! Wow, I resonate with your words today! It is so true that physical pain isn't the worst...I look around and as I was walking today wanted to weep, of all the pain and suffering of people I barely know who are neighbors... it is overwhelming, a call to vigilant prayer, compassion and faithfulness in and through Him. Anyway, I am putting up our RJD post early- finishing up currently. Blessed by your words as always!