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      Painful circumstances – imprecatory laments

      By Dave Henning / September 27, 2019

      “Anger is a natural and common response to painful circumstances. . . .  true lamenting calls for our lousiest, rawest emotions — even the ugly ones.  But anger is usually a secondary emotion, often masking feelings of loneliness, insecurity, shame, abandonment, or sadness.”- Aubrey Sampson “Pay them back for what they deserve, LORD, for what […]

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        Surface for air – God waits until I’m able

        By Dave Henning / September 26, 2019

        “God has waited patiently with me in the midst of my anger and questions, faithful and unchanging.  He waits until I’m able to surface for air, waits to help me see glimpses of goodness.”- Aubrey Sampson “God does not punish those who remonstrate or rise up against him; rather, he gives sustenance to those who […]

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          An object lesson – becoming one?

          By Dave Henning / September 25, 2019

          “If you’re anything like me [hitting the wall] on the airplane, you might not want to become an object lesson anyway.  I’m certainly not in the mood to learn a great moral of the story.  I just want the pain and sadness to be shaken up and disappear to the bottom.  I want to cling […]

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            The fires of sorrow – finding yourself

            By Dave Henning / September 24, 2019

            “The only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow.  Why it should be this way is immaterial.   The fact is that it is true in the Scriptures and in human experience,  You can always recognize who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you know that you […]

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              Childhood wonder exists in life’s complication

              By Dave Henning / September 23, 2019

              “When we watch little children run around the backyard, spotting fireflies for the first time, we remember, don’t we — that even in life’s complication, childhood wonder and abundance still exist.  It just takes a bit of love to draw them out.”- Aubrey Sampson “God is too good to be unkind and too wise to […]

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                The ‘why’ of suffering – no firm answer

                By Dave Henning / September 22, 2019

                “The Christian gospel tells us more of the meaning of sin than suffering. . . .  To the ‘why’ of suffering we get no firm answer.  Of course, some suffering is easily seen to be the result of our sin: war, assault, poverty amidst plenty, the hurtful word.  And maybe some is chastisement.  But not […]

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                  Inward Journey – on the other side

                  By Dave Henning / September 21, 2019

                  “On the other side of the Inward Journey, ‘we are on the way to more complete healing, which entails a deeper awareness of our weaknesses.  We can hear, see, touch, and smell the God of our salvation.  We are becoming intimate with God in the fullest sense of the word intimate.”- Aubrey Sampson, citing Janet […]

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                    The ceiling fan – what talking to God seems like

                    By Dave Henning / September 20, 2019

                    “What once was everything — our faith, our devotion to Jesus, our unwavering love for him — can sadly transform into a small, unrecognizable thing, a mound of dust and earth and mess and doubt and questions and frustrations.  We might still pray and sing worship songs and have our ‘quiet times,’ but deep inside […]

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                      Holy sorrow – the godly are weeping doves

                      By Dave Henning / September 19, 2019

                      “The sins of others work for good to the godly, as they produce holy sorrow.  God’s people weep for what they cannot reform. . . .  Wicked men make merry with sin. . . .  But the godly are weeping doves.”- Thomas Watson, A Divine Cordial, (1663) “Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for […]

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                        An Exodus journey – every lament

                        By Dave Henning / September 18, 2019

                        “Every lament is an Exodus journey.  The lamenter suffers, the lamenter expresses that suffering to God; God responds with compassion; God hears, sees, delivers.  In time the lamenter is transformed and puts his or her hope again in God.”- Aubrey Sampson “God heard their groaning and remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with […]

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                          Our lament muscles – lean into them

                          By Dave Henning / September 17, 2019

                          ” . . . we have to learn to lean into our lament muscles, to speak the weight of this sad time, to declare to God the absence of his shalom and remind him of the promises of his wholeness and newness.  To lament is to speak the reality of our formless, chaotic suffering and […]

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                            God sings a louder song – back to a place of hope

                            By Dave Henning / September 16, 2019

                            “God sings a louder song than suffering ever could, a song of resurrection, renewal , restoration, and re-creation.”- Aubrey Sampson “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud […]

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