Often our discomfort with a topic (sex, rape, homosexuality, suicide, etc) can be misinterpreted as discomfort with the person. As believers, we can respond to difficult stories and hard conversations with compassion for the people who share them with us.
I couldn’t figure out why I always felt so angry. Why I struggled to feel nurturing towards my children. Why I flew so quickly to rage in the face of perceived injustice.
Those who weep at Christmas—in hospital beds, in empty homes, in shelters, in family conflict or loneliness—are not marginalized from experiencing the purpose of Christmas because of their circumstance. Rather, the magnificence of experiencing the joy of Christmas is actually made more deeply available to sufferers because of pain.
While Scripture tells us we do not have to live in miserable shame, I sometimes still want to hide from God. Can you relate? Even when I know He graciously pardons my guilt and covers my shame when I repent of sin and unbelief and believe in what God says is true, I don’t always live cleanly with Him in that mercy. I have a hard time shaking my shame.
Repeat after me.
I am a sinner. (I am a sinner).
Forgive me of my sins. (Forgive me of my sins).
I believe Jesus is the Son of God. (I believe Jesus is the Son of God).
Please come into my heart. (Please come into my heart).
Welcome to the Kingdom! You’re in!