Plymouth Congregational Church

God for All

Broken for Me (part 3)

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Isaiah 29:18

And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.


Isaiah 42:7

To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.


Isaiah 42:16

And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.


Pesos – Credo


Robert Parker, Ram Dass, Dr. Eben Alexander, Arturo Martinez-Sanchez…


I can list hundreds of examples of those born to believing in God’s light among the darkest of hours and the light is around the words


Trust – Believe – Forgive


Okay, I’m stopping this before I get all a twitter about the word forgive and the conversations that will ensue. It’s like this, and this is just my perspective, it is not our job to forgive someone for wronging us. It is also not our job to cast judgment on the person whom wronged us.


I see the many eyebrows raised, brows furrowed and quizzical expressions ready to leap in like a lion hunting his prey.


Let’s look at it this way… We are deaf and blind to the fact that such horrible atrocities can happen to us or close to us. We like to believe that we are immune to the troubles of the world because of … why? We are good people, we keep to ourselves, we cause no trouble to anyone, we attend church, we volunteer at our kid’s schools, why? Why are you more immune than those that have been so sadly touched by the darkness that wraps its black cloak around God’s world of light?


You are not.


But your trust – belief – FAITH can only be touched if you allow the darkness to come within your light.


How does that happen?


When you stop believing and trusting in God is when your light will flicker and darkness will invade.


But that does not mean you have to forgive those that bring the darkness within your light. What it means is to focus on the light and not the darkness.


If Arturo, Robert, Ram all focused on the evil that brought darkness into their homes, into their lives, instead of trusting God to take care of those they have lost and them while living through such loss, they would fall victim to their own darkness and despair. The light would be gone…


By saying they forgive those that did these horrible acts it is their way of keeping the light of the love they shared burning even brighter and now allowing darkness to rule and win over their lives. That darkness will take away all good that came, even from such a short (too short) time frame.


Forgiveness is an act of words to help God do his best work.


Will they harbor anger? Probably.


Would they want to be friends with darkness? Probably not.


Would they welcome darkness in their homes? No.


Will they struggle each day with an emotional pain that only survivors can understand? Absolutely.


But their words and the words that God wants them to use to hold on to their loved ones and cast that darkness aside.







Author: bkbites

Stay at home Mom of 3 boys, 1 goofy dog, 2 wickedly crazy cats, and a traveling husband. Ah, what can be better? It's a full life without a doubt.

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