The most important thing here is that if your friend is struggling, to NOT list the ‘Ten Reasons Why God Is Good.’ Don’t be the guy who carpet-bombs with cliches to rush along the process of healing. Too many preachers do this too quickly, pack up their little sermon notes, and hope that we can store this backpocket theology for a rainy day — when all the while, the hurting congregation just needs someone to be there.
Jesus did the same. He suffered what we suffer in solidarity with us. He was crushed not only to exchange our sins for joy, but also to heal our hearts with a peace beyond our circumstances. He reminds us in his resurrection that this world is not our final home. And we’re called to go at our friends with this kind of love, hope, patience, and wisdom — because your presence is really enough.
We are not short of reasonable theology for the goodness of God, but when it comes to the gritty ordeal of life — the best theology is you.
from What The Church Won’t Talk About
Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with God. Speak with familiarity and confidence as to your dearest and most loving friend. Speak of your life, your plans, your troubles, your joys, your fears. In return, God will speak to you—not that you will hear audible words in your ears, but words that you will clearly understand in your heart.
- St. Alphonsus Liguori (via laurenarlene
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I refuse to have a faith that idolizes earthly marriage as more important than being sanctified.
I refuse to have a faith that makes single people feel useless, when Christ has called us all to be active now.
I refuse to have a faith that says my purpose happens down the road, when it should be happening now.
I refuse to believe the lies that God only wants people who have an audience, and that He only chooses certain people.
I refuse to believe anyone of that, because my faith is based on a God who said “Follow me.” and so I’m gonna follow Him, and be sanctified in that pursuit.
- T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge
So what? You failed your finals. You gained some weight. So what? You’re single again. You lost your job. So what? What now? You live. You try again. That’s what.
- bless (via exames
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