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TWO TOUGH SPOTS

October 11, 2009 2 comments

I was washing dishes (yippee!) a moment ago and began reflecting on the many, many blessings my family has received in the past week. In the last several days we’ve been blessed with a healthy baby boy, wonderful care at the hospital, many visits to the hospital and our house by close friends and family, and on top of all that…several wonderful meals prepared and delivered to us by caring members of our church family. I suppose it was the washing of these other people’s dishes that triggered these thoughts a moment ago.

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These thoughts about my blessings led me to this statement in Paul’s letter to the Romans: “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (12:15). I’m fortunate to be a part of a church family that does that very well. Many people, unfortunately, are not a part of God’s family and so are not familiar with the kind of support my family has received lately. That’s unfortunate because two of the toughest spots in which to find yourself in life are:

  1. When you have something wonderful happen to you but have no one to share in your celebration.
  2. When you have something tragic happen to you but have no one to share in your sorrow.

Fortunately, my church family rejoices and weeps with me. They keep me out of these two tough spots.

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