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A Message Into The Darkness

27 Mar

“Hey, it’s me.  If you are out there, come home.  Please!  God, what did you think?  That we would just let you walk out of our lives?  I am so furious at you right now!  Then I think about how scared you must be.  Hiding in some dark place all alone.  But you are not alone!  Okay?  You are not alone!  We are in that dark place with you!  We are waving flashlights and calling your name.  So if you can see us, come home.  But if you can’t, then…you stay alive!  Because we are coming!

As I watched Criminal Minds last week the words of Penelope as she called out to Prentiss, resonated with me.  I can think back to the times in my life when I too removed myself from love and protection – to a place where I felt in control – where I felt, if I went, no one could be hurt.  Listening to these words I wondered at a time when similar words were spoken into my darkness.

Now, I am no longer in that place of darkness.  Yet I wonder who should I be speaking those words to?  Who around me is hiding in the darkness, feeling all alone?  Who needs to see me waving a flashlight and calling out their name?

Can you think of someone?

If so, are you ready, willing and able to go into their darkness and bring them safely back home?

1 Peter 4:9-10 encourages us to, “Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”  Notice the verbiage there is to share with one in “need”. That one hiding in the darkness is in need.  We all have been gifted with different spiritual gifts – to be used differently but we ALL have been given the gift of love.  Let’s use that love, channel that love and reach into the darkness. We are unaware of who we may be helping when we reach out.

Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Please hear my next statement for what it is.  When I was in that place of darkness as a 17 year old young lady, a Christian family reached out to me and gave me a home to live in.  They didn’t “preach” at me.  They didn’t put me down for the past choices I made.  They gave me a place to stay.  Food to eat.  And hope.  Hope that I could be better.  My past did not have to dictate my future.

They didn’t know that 13 years later I would be a pastors wife.  They didn’t know that I would become a children and youth pastor. They didn’t know that my love for people would become a platform where I help people know and understand Christ more fully.

I’m certainly not an angel but that family entertained me into the presence of God.  He saved me from the darkness.  Now it’s my turn to shine my light and call out to others…

Want to join me??

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Can Those Around You See?

10 Mar

A man was sitting on his couch in his house.  As the day turned into night, the house grew darker and darker.  By nighttime it was darker in his house then it was outside.  A friend of the man was walking by and he had not seen his friend in awhile.  He stopped and knocked on the door.  The man got up, opened the door, greeted his friend and welcomed him inside.

As the man walked in the house he noticed it was dark.  When his friend shut the door, they were in complete darkness.  The friend who stopped by said, “Why don’t you have a light?  It’s dark in here.”  His friend replied, “I have a light.”  “Well why don’t you light it?” his friend asked.  “I did” the owner of the home replied.  “Then how come I can’t see it?” his friend asked.  “It’s right here” the owner replied.  The man then turned toward the table, put out his hands, grasped a bowl and lifted it.  Immediately his friend gasped.  “Why did you have it under the bowl?  How do you see?”  he asked.  “Well, I know where everything is, so I don’t need a light.” He replied.

The friend became frustrated and said, “Well what about when I came over, how come you didn’t lift the bowl so I could see?” his friend asked.  “I just didn’t think about it.”  the home owner replied, “I just never thought about others not being able to see.”

Jesus talks about this very person in Luke 11:33-36.  It reads, “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it is hidden…instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in, may see the light.”

Our prayer needs to be “You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning: my God turns my darkness into Light” Proverbs 18:28

 

What Do You Need to Leave Behind?

27 Feb

I was watching Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior today with my family.  Towards the end of the show, after the girl has been saved and the bad person apprehended, the main character, Sam Cooper, sits drawing in a notepad.  The mood set as one of contemplation, as he seeks refuge in a softly lit church sanctuary.  Emotions flicker across his face – you can see an inward struggle going on.  In the background a bishop walks toward him.  The bishop addresses him by name.  It is apparent from the dialog that Sam frequents this church and/or bishop to discuss his struggles.

As the conversation continues the bishop reaches across and takes the notepad in hand.  Drawn on the pad is a man surrounded by blackness – a shaft of light centered in his chest area.  Sam shares with the bishop that it the man in the picture is resisting the blackness that he is afraid of – afraid of being lost in it.  In response, the bishop shares that instead of fear, he needs to allow his eyes to adjust to the darkness, to look around, realize that he is not alone in the darkness and that he is okay.  The bishop then stands up, points to the picture and instructs Sam, “Leave that here.  It is not something you need to carry around with you.”

The show closes and I sit there pondering those statements.  I wonder what we are not allowing our eyes to adjust to.  What are we afraid of and/or afraid of being lost in?  I think the advice the bishop shared with Sam applies to you and me too.

We need to not be afraid.  We need to allow ourselves to adjust to the situation that we are in.  Instead of being concerned that we are going to be lost in it – this event, circumstance and/or feeling – we, too, need to understand that we are not alone and that we going to be okay.

Better counsel to us:  We need to leave it in the sanctuary (with God) and NO longer carry it with us.

What are you carrying?  What do you need to leave behind?

Remember these truths today:

  1. You can adjust
  2. You are not alone
  3. You are okay
  4. Leave it with God
  5. Don’t pick it back up to carry with you

Blessed be my friend!

Teri