An InvitationNew Every Morning | January 16, 2023
I’ve known many people who have experienced losses (of marital brokenness or other profound pain) who have chosen to just patch themselves up, put their heads down, and “get through it.” And yet . . . what if our good, compassionate God longs for all of us to be on a formational journey toward our true selves and offers us an “on-ramp” to that experience through our pain? Agony is unique in the way it grabs our attention. Typically though, we just want to shut the pain down in the fastest way possible. I can own that I have many strategic, effective ways of numbing mine. On my better days, I’m learning that pain is almost always an invitation.
—Beth Taulman Miller, What Loss Can Teach Us: A Sacred Pathway to Growth and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
How might “our good, compassionate God” be inviting you toward your true self, even in pain or loss? Join the conversation.
Like a parent feels compassion for their children—
that’s how the LORD feels compassion for those who honor him.
—Psalm 103:13 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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I’m not sure how it is happening, but I sense the pain of loss is helping . Pictures from as far as 48 years ago are reconnecting me to pleasant times, meaningful events, a precious person. I’m thankful for those memories, experiences.
Despite knowing that we all have faults, and that death will separate us one day, we have a desire to share our
life with some one. We fall in love. If it is true love, it never ends whether the person is physically present with us or not. Thankfully too, we know that in the eternal life to come reunion is possible. Love is amazing.’
Snow last night and more today. Long awaited Winter outdoor activities are possible.
Room painting is now in the last stage, check up for any missed spots.
Sure enjoyed a good close football game where in the team I hoped would win,WON. Enjoying the moment. A tougher team awaits.
Thank You, Lord for the many joys I have experienced and the lessons learned from pain endured.
Not sure that I agree that seeking my true self is a laudable goal. Seeking the LORD is a better goal. As in Psalm 27:4, “it’s all I seek: to live in the LORD’s house all the days of my life, . . ..” Seeking the LORD moves the focus so that I sing and praise the LORD. My go to hymn is “Praise to the Lord the Almighty the king of creation….”
We need to be our true self during pain and loss by allowing ourselves to feel the pain and process the loss in whatever manner is right for us. Yes, we should seek our Lord throughout for guidance as well as solace. But each of us will respond to each pain or loss individually, in a manner unique to us and unique to each situation.
Spent the day with Megan shopping and browsing. We bought many treats and toys for our spoiled kitties. They are fighting over the one toy! We enjoyed time at Barnes and Noble to browse and read and just enjoy spending time together.
Pain and loss can be opportunities to give ourselves to God and let God love us. Henri Nouwen,, one of last week’s writers, stated this: “In our own woundedness, we become a source of life to others”. In 2 Corinthians 1:3, Paul says,”Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” God forts us and we in turn can comfort others in pain.
I must have been really tired with sleep debt to catch up. I felt sleepy around 11 and told myself I would lie on the sofa about 30 minutes. I woke up around 1:45. Now getting ready to finish my chores. I do not enjoy housework, but do like the sense of accomplishment I feel when I’m done. I give thanks to God for our forum here.