Your Grief Will be Turned to Joy

30 11 2011

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” Jn. 16:20. When you lose someone you really love, it’s hard to believe that you’ll ever feel okay about it. Recently I received knowledge of the loss of someone I really loved. I thought about the disciples when Jesus died on the cross and wondered if they believed Jesus’ words that their grief will turn to joy. Right now it’s hard for me to ever believe my loss will ever feel okay.

In our “Growing Seasons” groups we tell the children that “feeling is healing” and they won’t always feel the way they do. I guess now is the time I have to words into practice on myself. Yes, feeling is healing, you don’t have to like it but if you want to heal, you have to feel the pain.

Throwing Stones

22 11 2011

“When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.'” Jn. 8:7

As I read that verse today, I had to stop and think about how many times I throw stones at people: an unkind word, looking the other way when someone needs help with something I don’t want to do, gossipping about another person, and many more. Everyone sins, the Bible tells us that, Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” It would be best for me to remember that  the next time I want to throw a stone at someone.

The Gospel of John

17 11 2011

This past weekend, I went to a retreat in Kentucky and one of the speakers there did and indepth lecture on John 17. One of the things he pointed out was that Most people associate Matthew 6: 9-13 as the Lord’s Prayer, but the Lord’s Prayer is actually John 17.

As the speaker explained the prayer, I found it to be one of the most beautiful and loving prayers ever prayed. Imagine, someone who knows He is on His way to the cross, hours before, takes the time to pray for us. It makes me cry to think that sometimes I become to busy to take the time to pray.