Archive for November, 2015

Where Will You Go for Help?

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

My late son’s birthday is this week. He enjoyed Chinese food, and I usually eat it at his favorite restaurant on his birthday. A social event postponed that tradition, but it hasn’t cancelled it.

The past week I spoke in Pennsylvania. I stayed with a widow, and we exchanged memories of our loved ones. We even laughed.

For example, I told her about my climb up a water slide because I didn’t want my four-year-old son to suspect my fear of the water. When I hesitated at the top of the slide, he pushed me down. The lifeguard blew the whistle on him and warned him if he did that again, he would have to leave the pool. I was safe, and that lifeguard became my friend.

The widow shared how her husband bought her a gift certificate for a day at the spa of a luxurious hotel every year. She still hadn’t used the last gift certificate he gave her six years ago before his death. They had always gone together. I suggested she invite her daughter to go with her, as I invite a friend to go with me to the Chinese restaurant.

As we talked, I realized we had walked the healing journey the past six years. Tears will come at unexpected moments, but we could focus on the good times.

God makes the journey through grief possible. Will you give him your struggles, heartaches, and losses?

For you, LORD, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. Psalm 116:8

Dear God, help me through death, tears and stumbling. Amen.

 

Application: What will you do this week to allow God to deliver you?

 

The Truth About Truth

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

What’s truth? Can we know it? Is there more than one version?
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Heady questions, for sure.

The sort of truth I’m talking about is eternal. It connects generations because it gives us a place to link current ideas and trends with those from previous eras.

I’m pretty sure truth can’t be expressed in words. Jesus came as a person and said He was the truth. I think we have to experience truth, live with it, travel with it in relationship if we want to understand it. That’s why Jesus rebuffed demands for a list of rules or a code that would tell people how to follow Him.

Truth, I think, always includes an element of mystery and wonder. Eternity is a very big place, and we’re always going to come up short when we try to wrap our finite minds around an eternal truth. It’s okay. Just because I don’t know everything doesn’t mean I don’t know anything. Rather than whittling away at the mystery until I narrow it to something I can grasp, I want to be content to stand in awe of what I can’t comprehend.

Finally, I personally feel no need to defend or justify truth. Others may differ, but I’m convinced I’ll never change someone’s mind with my words. I’ll be available and I’ll always offer my perception of truth, but my job is to demonstrate grace as freely as possible and trust God to open doors.

I have good friends who are certain there’s no such thing as absolute truth. We’ve had interesting conversations and I understand their premises. They smile when I say:

NOT BEING KNOWN DOESN’T STOP THE TRUTH FROM BEING TRUE

I’m grateful for the hope of a future based on the foundation of truth.

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