To Truly Stand Alongside

I watch our Christian community respond to bad news, to indescretions, to failures, to loss and pain and I wonder how good we are at really praying the heart of God into these things.

Years back I had a friend who was in deep conversation with the Lord about a very bad situation. At that time my own faith was quite weak. My emotions were poked by her situation and particularly by the authentic conversation she was having with the Lord.

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Gifts of Repentance

Early last year I was heading back to Uganda for a five week journey to a dozen communities. My heart and mind were thick into preparation, spiritual readiness, anticipation and leaning into what the Spirit might have me bringing that trip.

While my own thoughts were focused on freedom, the freedom to have emotional health in the midst of turmoil, the freedom to commune with God despite our circumstances, and more, the Spirit reminded me that I must not leave repentance out of the mix.

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A Small Revolution

I’m at a bit of a conundrum. My youngest daughter has viral meningitis this week,and so we are camped in the living room with plenty of liquids and movies and quiet.

I love sick weeks.

There is something about them that has always warmed my heart. Even as a child I loved nothing more than being sick, snuggled in my bed, hunkered down for a time. Sickness to me signals comfort and cozy.

As an adult, it is a choice opportunity to turn off every dial, put aside the normal hustle and bustle of life, and just rest, and be quiet. Even last year when I was deathly ill with Malaria, even then I simply felt comfort and quiet deep in my soul.

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A Powerful Touch

1 Corinthians 4:20 in the ESV reads, “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.”

I love this. As a healing prayer practitioner a big part of my job is leading clients into simple sentences before the Lord.

Words in fact, often get in the way. When we want to hear God’s voice, it is best to make our request, our invitation, with as few words as possible.

“God I know that you are… today I… please if you will… thank-you and…” are all fine prayers for pouring out one’s heart beside one’s bed at night; a sort of unloading kind of prayer.

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Take Courage

Healing our world is possible. It starts with each one of us.

Delving into the black pit of our own lives, the judgments we live on, the failures we’ve tucked away, the heartache we try to bury, is all an invitation to life abundant in Jesus Christ.

Those things, the dark and the ugly, the mismanaged and abused, the depressed and downtrodden, all of it can be a birthplace of much light and life.

If we will enter there.

You see, the cross of our Lord Jesus went down into Sheol. The cross is planted in the darkness of each of our lives. And if we will follow the cross all the way down, we will come to find a banqueting table laid out for us there.

And we will experience the miraculous of God in our own hearts as light drives away the darkness and death is swallowed up in life.

It starts, by finding others who will journey alongside us, by holding the promises and the courage to follow Christ with our own cross, and heading into the scary and the dark.

This side of the threshold this sounds like crazy talk. Like a child afraid to walk ahead into a dark room, we forget that we take light with us, and that as we arrive it will no longer be dark.

But on the other side of the threshold, wow, life abounds. God is love. Jesus is our Savior. And life is good!

Take courage to enter into your darkness and find the light of God there.