Monday, April 27, 2015

Broken

A family dear to us lost their son a few days ago. He was 22 and he died unexpectedly. A wonderful young man with a wonderful smile. He battled some issues in his life, but he was a good person. He had a good heart.

It has been a hard couple of weeks as we've tried to help and support them; sometimes close by and sometimes from a distance. Kept them in prayers. Been to their home. Sent them messages. Tried to love them close and far. Their church family and work family are doing all they can to take care of them.

The christian message of brokenness just seems so true. Death strikes when unexpected and we are rarely ready for it. Betrayal, job loss, heartbreak, cancer, loneliness. We age and we die. Our children die. Our parents die.

The book of Romans says in the eighth chapter:
19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Related, I was in a small town in Oklahoma a few weeks ago for a funeral and in driving through the town I passed one church after another each with their own building. Baptist, Catholic, Assembly of God, Church of Christ, Presbyterian, etc. Small buildings with undoubtedly wonderful people each separated into separate tribes. More brokenness.

How sad that followers of Christ can't be united as Jesus prayed so hard for in the garden. We split for music, creeds, history, methods, etc. How sad that they aren't coming together to be a light for that town; to sing together, to help one another, to change that town. Instead, more brokenness. 

So sad that we can't be united to be the light to the world. We all know that the world is broken. We see race riots, we see violence around the world in name of religion, we see the rich take advantage of the poor, we see the poverty, loss and death. So many are lonely. In the very core of our being, we all know that things are broken.

My heart was broken today for my dear friends who lost their son. The service was a time of great reflection.

There are people around you who are lonely or lost. They need a kind word or a smile. Be the light of the world.


6 comments:

  1. I've been waiting for this post. It's been a hard day. Never thought to equate all the different kinds of churches with brokenness as well, but I have to agree. Imagine the testimony to the world if together we tried to show God's love and glorify Him with our lives. In memory of the one today...Say thank you. Say I love you. Give a hug.

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  2. We often times don't think we can make a difference but one person can make a difference!

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    1. Absolutely. And, we never will likely know how being kind or saying that one thing or doing that one think will ripple through history. There are so many amazing stories of single events happening long ago that resulted in X, then Y, then Z and leading to amazing, or terrible, things.

      Choose to make a difference.

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  3. I've always loved this quote by Harriet Beecher Stowe: To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.

    Little things make a big difference. I have often marveled at your ability to pay attention to the little details of others' lives. And I can attest that it does, indeed, make a difference.

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    1. Thanks Summer. 'The details of everyday life,' what a great thought. Thanks for sharing.

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