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    Romans 8:18

    Monday, August 17, 2009, 8:23 PM [General]

     

    This verse has been given to me by many, many people.  I consider our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the future glory that will be revealed in us.  I called this the feel crappy verse, because when I first read it, I thought it was saying that even though you suffer and feel crappy, persevere because heaven awaits.

     

    I was a little off the mark.

     

    Of course, it would be folly to think that I could know exactly what Paul is trying to say here, but I am fairly sure he isn’t really focusing on the future – it’s the present upon which he’s fixated.  When I look at this verse now, for some reason it reads as, “Don’t treat your present condition as suffering, but dwell in the glory of God.”  Be joyful, because no matter the circumstance, God is infinitely greater; no matter the sin, God is that much more righteous.  Even if you stacked up all the sins and sufferings of this world and put them next to God, there’s no way to compare them.  Why are you downcast when God is on your side?

     

    So it’s not the promise of heaven that spurs us onward, but it is the immense greatness of God that gives us joy NOW.

    3.2 (1 Ratings)

    Pro-Wife

    Sunday, June 7, 2009, 2:13 PM [General]

    Yeah, I claim to be pro-life, and ideologically, I am.  But practically, my ideals are sacrificed for those I love. 

    All this fire surrounding Dr. Tiller's death (In a church that shares my denomination), has stirred up some old feelings. 

    I made a mistake out of marriage with a beautiful young woman.  A single night.  How Christian of me... But two and a half weeks later when we figured out what had resulted, we both, at that instant, fell in love with that baby.  And both of us drastically changed our lives and our plans. 

    Truth be told, if she had said she wanted to abort, I would have been disappointed, and I am thankful every day that she was the kind of strong woman she was, but I would have deferred to her.

    She perished in a car accident at the 9-week mark.  I don't say it out loud, but it hurts a lot when I read one of the abortion threads and people insist on dehumanizing the baby.  Or fetus or zygote or FE. 

    I.  Loved.  My.  Daughter.  It isn't supported by logic, but I know, in my heart, that she was human.  That's something that's only useful for me.

    2.8 (2 Ratings)

    The Thorn

    Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 3:03 PM [General]

    I stood a medicant of God before His royal throne

    And begged Him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.

    I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart

    I cride, "But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.

    This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me."

    He said, "My child, I give good gifts and gave My best ti thee."

    I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,

    As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.

    I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,

    He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.

    ~ Martha Snell Nicholson

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