Some people live in the same home for decades. There are moments I wish I knew what that was like! I’ve moved many times in my life, sometimes across town and sometimes across country.
One thing moving does is force you to “go through things.” Moving is tough, and disposing of stuff you don’t need or want lightens the load. For reasons beyond our control we’re getting ready to move again – this time just across town.
Stuff happens. Life happens. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. And sometimes terrible things happen to innocent people – children, and others who are vulnerable.
I suppose I could be a victim if I wanted to. I have good enough reason to feel that way. I grew up in a household where violence, drama, and abuse happened. I didn’t get to experience some of the things growing up that I wish I had.
And on top of that, no-one remembered my birthday!
That may seem strange to complain about, but at the time I felt it was major. I was
We so easily put God in a box. OK, so who’s right? Your pastor? The Pope? The head of some denomination? The group of church leaders when they vote? Which leaders?
Or perhaps each one of us is right in how we hear God for ourselves. He can talk to each one of us, right? So in effect, can each one of us hear differently, and still be right?
And what happens when you hear differently from me? Or one pastor hears differently from another? Or one group of church leaders does one thing in the name of God, and another group does something very different?
There are many examples of this kind of divisive religiosity, but one stands out in my mind. During the period of the US Civil War, both the Union and Confederate sides of the conflict appealed to Christianity and Scripture in support of their respective positions, including both slavery and anti-slavery beliefs. Both certainly could not be right!
Remember the movie Urban Cowboy, and one of its hit songs “Lookin’ for Love” (Johnny Lee)? Bud and Sissy are “lookin’ for love in all the wrong places,” and get so hurt in the process.
But don’t we all. We get wound up in knots looking for a kind of love we believe must be there, but somehow can’t quite seem to find.
Two people getting married naturally believe things are going to be perfect from that day on. And then they too often become disillusioned when things get difficult.
The intimacy of marriage can be scary, and it can also be incredibly healing. That’s how marriage was intended to be: for two people broken in different ways, going through life with each other CAN bring healing to our brokenness. It’s one of God’s best methods of helping us become what He knows we can be.