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Always Safe, Never Alone!

11 Aug

Life can feel scary, lonely, sad, and very very empty. “Beyond here, there be Monsters”! Grief from loss, fear from a bad medical appointment, pain from a broken heart and relationship ruptured, heartache from a loved one careening towards disaster, the stress and anxiety from professional or financial reversals…

Worst of all… the teeny tiny niggling nagging fear that sometimes assails… that we dare not even ADMIT because we are… in our own eyes and those of others… people of HOPE…

The worst one… the wee small voice that comes in our darkest nights and lowest moments saying… “It’s all empty you know. You’re really just alone and floating, drifting, randomly… on the surface of time. There’s nothing and no one else, it’s all just a great cosmic joke.”

If you’ve never heard this little temptation, this voice of internal despair, with its message of either “there is no God”… or “God really despises you, you know”… then I applaud you. There’s fancy names for this… “Existential Angst”, among others…

This is very powerful in our world. In fact, this, the “deadly despair” that can arise… the call to action prompted, and the depression and suicide associated with this channel of thought, are costing countless lives both young and old.

The most frightening words we can know?

“Abandoned!”   “Betrayed”   “Unclean”   “Cast Out!”   “Unworthy”   “Alone”

These are “Killing Words”… These are “Murdering Words”…

21 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” [Matthew 5]

Strong words, Our Lord uses here. But I think He knew (knows) and could see the sort of harm, the damage, that happens to people when they are isolated, separated, cut off, declared “good-for-nothing” and valueless… in relationships. To be cut off in a relationship is to be wounded, to be judged, to be condemned, and to wither and shrivel.

In our own world, our own time and space, we see people choose to end life, rather than continue in such a state of shadow being. For those who base their hope, their trust, their sense of being anchored and well, in the human relationships around them, there is a danger. People can fail. People are frail and faulty, and sometimes, for whatever reason, we can cut others off… leaving them alone with their fears and concerns. Wrong? Of course! But yet so much a part of being human! So much a part… of US.


I woke this morning with David Wesley’s song in my ears and spirit. It’s not that I am particularly depressed or anxious in these days (as far as I know). Stuff happens, of course, and I have my tense moments… but nothing profound.

Nonetheless, in these times, these days… where we ask meaningful questions like, “What is Church as God envisions it?” “What is a Christian, how do I live that?” “How do we walk in the intimate Oneness of Christ, here and now… moment by moment?”

This song just rang on and on in my mind, my soul, and I realized something incredibly simple, yet absorbingly profound…

When these lyrics wash through you… Here is God’s ministry TO YOU… Here is your hope, your faith, your life, your breath! Here is the embrace… the absolutely unrelenting love, embrace, support, presence, and affirmation of God FOR you! You are Safe! You are Never Alone!

And, at the very same moment, HERE is the Gospel!

Here is OUR grace towards OTHERS! That God’s love through us, never fails, never gives up, never runs out on others. That’s more of a challenge in practice, I know. But just like Sermon on the Mount, or I Corinthians 13, that is nonetheless the Truth of how God touches others through us when we allow.

When we allow…

The answer is love. What was the question?

Enjoy the song again. Now, go love somebody!

Joy, blessing, and grace to you!

The Little Monk

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Quiet Time, Sermon Seeds, Uncategorized

 

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8 responses to “Always Safe, Never Alone!

  1. Bette Cox

    August 11, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    LM, for whatever reason, the videos are not included with the emailed versions of your posts, so today I had no idea what video you were referring to… I came over to the main blog to check it out, though. It’s a great video. Thanks!

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    • Little Monk

      August 11, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      Yes, Bette, thanks for mentioning that. Same thing happens with my own emailed version. Not sure why that is, and when I post a YouTube Vid I have no options for shaping, sizing or placing it. The post just treats it like a link.

      Perhaps someone knows a better way to do this than the “Insert” protocol I am using.

      Anyway… I almost always have some sort of graphic in/on my posts, so if you get one without, go ahead and click on the link, and see if the “missing link” is there on the post itself.

      Thanks again… bless — LM

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  2. Julie Harris

    August 11, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Beautiful!! And thanks for sharing this awesome version of one of my favorite songs 🙂 It made my day!!

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    • Little Monk

      August 11, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      Thanks Julie… Doesn’t it seem like there’s just some music that’s rather like a fine… erm… hot cocoa on a cold night? Just seems slowly to soak its way down and into you, warming everything and making it all better? (Even if it wasn’t “bad” to begin with?)

      Some music just seems to “soak” into all the nooks and crannies. This seems like one of those!

      Grace — LM

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      • Julie Harris

        August 11, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        Yes, it does make me want to grab a cup of hot cocoa :). Blessings to you!!

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  3. Susan Irene Fox

    August 12, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    LM, whoever said “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt,” was a liar. Words do murder the soul. And words rescue the soul. Great video. Amen! David Wesley is amazing. Thanks!

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    • Little Monk

      August 12, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      Gosh, Susan, I hadn’t even thought about that old schoolyard adage, but you couldn’t be more right. As a counselor, I can attest to the fact that the vast majority of my work has always been the restoration of wounded hearts scarred by “murdering words” repeated early and often. Grace — LM

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      • Susan Irene Fox

        August 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

        Yep. Those wounds go deep, and the scars take much longer to heal.

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