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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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          Our biggest obstacle to lament

          By Dave Henning / September 15, 2019

          “Oftentimes our biggest obstacle to lament (besides not knowing enough about it) is that we don’t know if it’s okay to complain to God.  We’re told by Paul to ‘rejoice in the Lord always.’ . . .  How do we follow that command and simultaneously lament?  How do we praise God and complain to God […]

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            The invitation of suffering – can I accept?

            By Dave Henning / September 14, 2019

            “Can I accept the invitation of suffering?  I understand now what the invitation is.  In our pain, God invites us to express our grief about the unraveling of life.  At the same time, we are invited to unabashedly, unashamedly declare that we want it back.  No more . . . pretending.  Just the naked self, […]

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              Avoid or ignore pain – God never does

              By Dave Henning / September 13, 2019

              “In a world full of hate, abuse, and game change, God doesn’t avoid or ignore pain.  He sings a louder song over it.  And he invites his hurting people to sing with him.”- Aubrey Sampson “Gideon replied, ‘If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really […]

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                The weight of this sad time

                By Dave Henning / September 12, 2019

                “The weight of this sad time we must obey; speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.”- William Shakespeare, King Lear “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”- C. S. Lewis, writing to Rev. Peter […]

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                  Honoring our grievances = like paying taxes

                  By Dave Henning / September 11, 2019

                  ” . . . honoring our grievances is much like paying our taxes.  They all come due eventually, and the longer we ignore them or attempt to medicate them with our flailings, the more penalties and interest accrue.”- Shannon Ethridge In her foreword to Aubrey Sampson’s latest book, The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in […]

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                    Jesus playing the violin – beauty in busyness

                    By Dave Henning / September 9, 2019

                    “Most of us will someday realize we didn’t [notice beauty in the midst of busyness] either.  From the perspective of heaven, we’ll look back on those days — those busy, cluttered days — and realize, That was Jesus playing the violin.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 16 (“That’s Jesus Playing the Fiddle”), the final chapter of […]

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                      Categorizing others creates distance

                      By Dave Henning / September 8, 2019

                      “Categorizing others creates a distance and gives us a convenient exit strategy for avoiding involvement.  Jesus took an extremely different approach.  He was all about including people, not excluding them.”- Max Lucado Peter told them, “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to […]

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                        Pecking orders – people prone to them

                        By Dave Henning / September 7, 2019

                        “People are prone to pecking orders.  We love the high horse. . . .  The affluent over the destitute.  The educated over the dropout.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 14 (“Stable the High Horse”) of Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado tells the story of Father Damien.  Father Damien came to the island of Molokai in 1873 […]

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                          Break down barricades separating God’s children

                          By Dave Henning / September 6, 2019

                          “Break down barricades that separate God’s children from each other.  Do any walls bisect your world?  There you stand on one side.  And on the other?  The person you’ve learned to disregard, perhaps even disdain. . . .  Jesus loves to break down walls.”- Max Lucado “He tore down the wall we used to keep […]

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