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Bleeding From Every Pore

Monday, January 20, 2020

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“The events were real. The emotions I went through were real. I had to hold fast to the reality that nothing can touch us without passing through God's sifter.” – Os Hillman

A number of years ago, I went through a very difficult time, both spiritually and emotionally. A group at my church “ambushed” me for taking a strong stand on the issue of biblical inerrancy. I have since forgiven them and am on speaking terms with many of them. However, some of the scars still show.

A day after the altercation, a well-meaning friend of mine asked me point blank, “How long are you going to keep harboring these feelings?” I responded by saying that it had been less than 48 hours since the attack and I was “still bleeding from every pore in my body.”

The fact remains that perception is reality and different people respond to – and recover from – different hurts differently. Some people let them roll off their backs like water off a duck and others take a while to heal from life’s “slings and arrows.”

Even William Shakespeare questioned how best to handle this roller coaster ride we call life. Here is an excerpt from Hamlet’s famous soliloquy on the matter…

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep,
perchance to Dream; aye, there's the rub.

What seems to work for me is to cling to God’s promises and to remember that “this too shall pass.” And when it does, eternity with Christ in glory awaits… with no pain, no sorrow, no tears, and no death (see Revelation 21:4).

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 12:5 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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