“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~ Jesus
Thieves steal. Sometimes the impact is NOW; you know it immediately and you feel it deeply. Other times, it takes some time; the bomb’s on a delay. And then it blows and you begin to realize all that was taken. All the time lost, the lives shattered, the relationships fractured. It feels like the wind gets knocked right out of you and you can’t even tell if the crater in your soul feels like anger or sadness or some other concoction of pain. But it’s definitely pain.
Sometimes the thief steals stuff, but often it’s more. Much more.
Maybe the thief looked like a robber on the back of a moto, or a home invader. Maybe the thief was a corrupt government, stealing freedom, opportunities, and futures. Maybe the thief was a cruel family member, or someone from your church or mission, a “friend.”
Whoever they were, they stole, they destroyed, and they killed. Or at least they tried.
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Last Sunday I had the privilege of preaching at the ICF here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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We looked at how Jesus allowed his emotions to be influenced (by a woman!), we talked about platitudes and why to NEVER use them, and we considered the different ways Jesus empathized with Mary and Martha.
He mirrored each woman and responded very uniquely, in fact.
We also talked about the one thing we must remember for this story to make sense: I am NOT the center of Christ’s universe. The Father is. Christ’s love for me is secondary and derivative. His primary goal is NOT to relieve my suffering or heal my disease.
So, although he loves, he sometimes “stays.”
— Jonathan T.
A tiny casket.
Perhaps more than any of my other siblings, Laura Beth’s short life and early death changed mine.
The death of a little one changes things. It always changes things.
It’s a giant slap in the face, wakening those near that things are not as they should be.
When I slow down long enough, I begin to feel the undercurrent of real sadness. It’s there. It’s always there.
Sweet Laura Beth. I love you.
I miss you.
Yes, there is joy, there is laughter, and there is hope. There is also a deep — almost foundational — sadness.
Unanswered questions. Gaps. Unfulfilled longings. Dissipated relationships.
And sometimes the Psalm just ends.
On Rest, Loss, and Revenge — Psalm 3
A walk through the historical context and present implications of Psalm 3. Recorded at the International Christian Assembly, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 2016.
Grief & Loss
Recorded at the International Christian Assembly, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 2015.