MERCY, ABIDE IN ME

Mercy Abide In MeHave mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1

 

“But I’m not a sinner,” I said to her. “I have never murdered anyone or robbed a bank.” My best friend and college roommate was shoving a religious tract under my nose while telling me about her “conversion” to Christianity. I wanted none of it. I was certain I did not need anything from God. At the ripe old age of twenty-six, I had not realized—yet—what that little incident on a mountain in Colorado the year before had really meant. Yeah, that time when God literally delivered me from the hands of a crazed rapist wielding a gun and a huge chain with which he intended to secure me to a tree in a remote forest. When I cried out to a God I didn’t even believe in, the man crumbled to the ground and then fled, most probably sparing me a slow death on the forest floor where no one would have found me.

 

Still, by the time Jan caught up with me, I wasn’t ready to admit that I needed God. My life was out of control, but I didn’t even recognize that either. St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) admonished, “For the most part, all (our) trials and disturbances come from our not understanding ourselves.” What a loaded statement! But I had just completed a master’s degree in counseling, further proof that I didn’t need any help figuring out life’s complexities. Perhaps failure to admit we need God’s grace is “the sin against the Holy Spirit” the Apostle Paul spoke about in Ephesians 4:30. What could be more offensive to our Lord than for us to reject His everlasting love, compassion, and forgiveness for us? But that’s exactly what I did. Until one day I didn’t.

 

Finally, grace broke through and I began to change. I no longer fought to block God’s loving energy from flooding into my entire being. And—miraculously—I began to understand myself through the lens of God’s mighty mercy. Letting God love me revealed how to love others. And, more importantly, when I saw what God loved in me, I was able to love myself.

 

All-Loving God, You see in me what I can be in Your eyes. Thank You for Your grace. Amen

 

Both candid and humorous, insightful and ponderous, Meg Blaine Corrigan’s memoir, Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child, takes the reader through her chaotic childhood with an alcoholic mother and enabling father to a violent assault that nearly ended her life. She populates her tale with vivid descriptions of her parents, other influential adults, the attacker, and her disastrous first marriage. But this story has a happy ending, when Meg finds solace in a God she didn’t think she’d ever believe in, when He gently helps her heal from her past lives and move into the best times of her life. Meg has also written a novel, Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist, about said first marriage, as well as a Christian devotional, Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian, comprised of blogs from this site. Stay tuned for sequels to her last two books! All of her works may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .

WORLD PEACE

World Peace FlagsI urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

 

World Peace? How is it possible to imagine that in today’s world? According to worldpopulationsreview.com, “As of 2018, there are…a total of fifty nations that have a dictator or authoritarian regime ruling the nation to this day. Europe is home to one.., while three…can be found in Latin America and South America…,eight…in Asia, seven in the Eurasian region of the world, and twelve…from the northern parts of Africa to the Middle East.” And worldatlas.com reports Syria is the most war-torn country in the world, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan; other countries experiencing “war” (including threats from other nations, civil unrest, gang and drug conflicts, etc.) today include Ukraine, Yemen, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico, and Central African Republic. Many other nations are dealing with ongoing political partisanship, the rise of hate groups, and religious and human rights battles among their populace. The concept of world peace seems further away than it did even a decade ago.

 

1 Timothy above among our daily readings for today. I remembered that Jesus came into this world during a time of political and civil unrest. At the time of Christ’s birth, Israel was an occupied nation, under the strong arm of the Roman government. The Romans, in concert with the Jewish religious leaders of the day, executed Jesus on false charges. The Romans were still in power when Paul’s protégé Timothy was a leader in the Christian church at Ephesus (now modern Turkey). Paul urged Timothy to pray “for kings and all those in authority” in the hope that these prayers would bring “peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” It’s hard to think of strong-arm governments like the Roman Empire allowing the people to live “peaceful and quiet lives!” Indeed, the Romans sought to keep the people in line!

 

Paul’s admonitions apply today as well. We must continue to pray that world leaders will take their responsibilities seriously. We can pray fervently that leaders who see themselves above their people will have a change of heart and move towards compassion for others.

 

Lord, heal this broken world, we pray! Bring all nations into “peaceful and quiet lives.” Amen

 

Meg Blaine Corrigan finds ideas for her devotional blogs in everyday places and events, from comic strips to magazines and books, comments on the fly from people she meets, ancient memories of her childhood, and nigglings from God. To date, she has written nearly 700 different devotions, filling one book of daily readings, Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian, published in 2015. Meg is working on a second book (Saints TWO) which she had hoped would be completed by now. She posts once a week, which means in seven years, she will have enough entries to fill a second book. Sometimes life gets in the way of writing, so Meg is pacing herself, enjoying spending time with her husband, their four daughters and spouses, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as their rescue dog, Bassett/Beagle mix Ginger. Meg is involved in volunteer work at her church, Christ Lutheran in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, and also with sexual violence/sex trafficking prevention and education. She speaks to groups whenever she if offered the opportunity. She is a voracious reader of other people’s writing, which gives her lots of ideas for more devotional blogs. Read more about her at www.MegCorrigan.com or contact her at MegCorrigan@comcast.net .

WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

Wolf in Sheep's ClothingAnd you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. John 8:32

 

At a training seminar on child safety recently, I sat next to a woman who had just returned from missionary work in war-torn Syria. She told me how surprised she was to return to the United States and listen to national news broadcasts here. She had forgotten how sensationalistic our news programs were. In Syria, she said, the news was delivered with solemnity and very little drama, which she found refreshing. I would agree. I long for the days when newscasters like Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley reported in a straight-forward and honest fashion, without shoving microphones into traumatized people’s faces asking, “How did you feel when…?” Our national discourse has become sharper and more divisive in recent years, and it doesn’t appear to be likely to improve any time soon. The internet, for all the good things it brings us, has also made it harder to know what is true and what is a lie.  We must be careful to examine what we hear and read and be wise about what we take away from all sources available to us. The old saying goes, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” But what we “stand for” to begin with must be based on the truth and not some twisted spin on reality.

 

Jesus warned against “false prophets,” people who “will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive…even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). So even practicing Christians—the elect—with strong faith in God can become confused. Jesus added to His warning, “See, I have told you ahead of time” (v. 25). We as Christians have no excuse not to heed Christ’s warning: it is up to us to listen to the Spirit as He helps us discern the truth in this life (1 Corinthians 2:14). Albert Einstein said, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” We will overcome the darkness of lies and false teaching by shining the light of Christ into the midst of that darkness. We must stand firm in our faith and seek God’s wisdom over that of questionable sources.

 

Jesus, You are our true Redeemer. Walk with us in the light of Your wisdom and justice. Amen

 

Alone on a Colorado mountain, Meg Corrigan faced the unthinkable, a situation that almost ended her life. Learn the details of her astounding rescue from the hands of a gun-wielding attacker and how she walked off that mountain. Hers is a story of tragedy turned holy, a journey of sorrow and healing, a powerful message of hope in the darkest hour. In her memoir, Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child, Meg credits her resilience to the grace of God. She is also the author of Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist, tales based on her years as a drummer in a Hawaiian show band; and Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian, released this month. Meg is a retired college counselor, author, speaker, trainer and sexual assault survivor. She speaks to churches, civic groups, college students, mental health professionals and law enforcement personnel, as well as youth in juvenile facilities. She lives in Lake Elmo, Minnesota with her husband, Patrick. She loves to coax seemingly dead plants out of the soil in her yard. The couple have four daughters, ten grandchildren and a great-grandchild on the way. Contact her at MegCorrigan@comcast.net or www.MegCorrigan.com .

A LITTLE LOVE

charliebrownchristmasjpgBut the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

 

Even the producers were sure it would be a flop. They went through with it only because they had already publicized it. On December 9, 1965, CBS aired “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” in spite of just about everyone’s belief that the show could not succeed. Everyone, that is, except the American public, forty-five percent of whom watched the show that night. The program eventually won an Emmy and a Peabody, and it has been broadcast every Christmas season since. Why was the show so successful, when pitiful Charlie Brown started out depressed about Christmas? He blamed himself, telling Linus “there must be something wrong with me,” and he laments the behavior of the entire Peanuts gang. Snoopy has entered his doghouse in a Christmas decoration contest with a cash prize. Lucy wants more than “stupid toys or clothes or a bicycle” for gifts; she wants “real estate.” Sally writes to ask Santa to “make it easy on yourself, just send money.” “Christmas is a big commercial racket,” Lucy declares.

 

Peanuts creator, Charles Schultz, insisted that the film include the next scene, Linus reciting the Gospel of Luke’s Nativity Story. The producers thought the move was risky because “religion” didn’t seem to mix with cartoons. But Schultz won out. “If we don’t do it, who else can?” he said. Charlie Brown loses his melancholy but fails again trying to decorate his miserable little tree. The entire Peanuts gang has a change of heart when they see Charlie so discouraged. Linus says, “Maybe (the tree) just needs a little love.” They come together to adorn the little tree with all the ornaments they can find. Charlie’s heart is changed too, and the cartoon’s creator, Schultz, again shows that his little characters, while flawed, really aren’t so bad. They all just need a little love.

 

Precious Jesus, You came to us as an innocent Child, to see us in our flawed and sinful situations. Thank You for changing our hearts and understanding that we too just need a little love. Amen

 

Both candid and humorous, insightful and ponderous, Meg Blaine Corrigan’s memoir, Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child, takes the reader through her chaotic childhood with an alcoholic mother and enabling father to a violent assault that nearly ended her life. She populates her tale with vivid descriptions of her parents, other influential adults, the attacker, and her disastrous first marriage. But this story has a happy ending, when Meg finds solace in a God she didn’t think she’d ever believe in, when He gently helps her heal from her past lives and move into the best times of her life. Meg has also written a novel, Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist, about said first marriage, as well as a Christian devotional, Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian, comprised of blogs from this site. Stay tuned for sequels to her last two books! All of her works may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .

ASHAMED

Greta ThunbergThe earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. Psalm 24:1

 

Greta Thunberg arrived on the climate crisis scene like a meteor crashing into the earth—the fragile earth that she is trying desperately to protect. The sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist is pleading with the adults throughout the world to do all they can to reverse the effects of human-induced climate change that multiple experts claim will begin ruining the planet before Greta herself is an adult. Speaking at the United Nations climate action summit earlier this year, an emotional Thunberg accused members of ignoring the science behind the climate crisis, saying, “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth—how dare you!”

 

Some continue to call the climate crisis a “hoax.” But the science is overwhelmingly compelling.

A 2018 report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program says a 100% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 must be achieved to avoid irreversible climate disaster. Melting icecaps are causing water levels to rise across the planet. Longer and harder droughts are being experienced, as are more frequent and violent forest and brush fires. Heat waves are one of the most common causes of death from natural disasters, in spite of climate change-induced stronger hurricanes, tornadoes, snowfall, hail storms and sandstorms. My husband and I recently installed a residential solar power system on the roof of our home, a simple and obvious way individuals and businesses can combat the ruination of the planet. But “climate deniers” continue to turn a blind eye to what humans are doing to cause these problems and what we must do to turn things around before it’s too late.

 

The Bible says God will reckon with those who destroy the earth because of selfish interest and refusal to believe the situation is critical (Revelations 11). Abusing the earth to make a profit, as Greta Thunberg has charged, is not the solution. We must care for and about each other, and for the great God-given blessings the earth has bestowed upon us.

 

Lord, You have warned us that Your wrath will come for those destroying the earth (Revelations 11:18). Let us be counted as those who honor Your great gift of life and our beautiful place to live. Amen

 

Meg Blaine Corrigan is the author of three books: Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child; Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist; and Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and has over thirty years’ experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, war veterans, and other trauma survivors.  Her books may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .

 

FOLLOW ME

Jesus and the FishermenThen Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him. Luke 5:10-11

 

CNN reported this week on the efforts of US and Allied troops to extinguish the remaining stronghold of ISIS fighters in Syria. Hundreds of people from all over the world have assembled and are being interviewed, questioned and sometimes detained. They are fleeing the terrorists’ last enclave, the besieged town of Baghouz Al-Fawqani. There are men, women and children from Canada, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Syria. With the exception of two Canadian women, nearly everyone denied any connection with ISIS. One of the Canadian women says she came over to be with her husband, who had joined the rebel fighters expecting a wonderful life. She believes in Sharia law and insists she and her two children “must follow whoever is implementing the way, the law.” She insists she knew nothing of the war going on until she arrived in Syria. No word of terrorist executions or enslavement of women. She came, trusting. Now, she isn’t certain what has happened to her husband.

 

Reading the article, I was reminded of the innocent peasant fisherman who “left everything and followed (Jesus)” (Luke 5:11). Were they so different from these men and women who have chosen to be “radicalized” into what most of us believe is a cruel and hateful shadow-society of murderers, rapists, and kidnappers? I have always imagined Jesus was so charismatic that people just trusted Him and wanted to be around Him. Yes, He healed their diseases and cast out their demons. Yes, He made them feel good about life and gave them hope. Yes, He preached an easy message to hear, a message of love and kindness and honor and goodness. But isn’t that exactly what those who have joined ISIS and other terrorist groups said about the ones who “recruited” them? What was so different about Christ? The answer, of course, is that Jesus was not spouting lies. His Word was true. His promises could be counted on. He really is the Son of God, and He is and always will be pure Light and Goodness. He is everlasting, and He will never lie to us.

 

Jesus, we humble ourselves before You because You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Amen

 

Both candid and humorous, insightful and ponderous, Meg Blaine Corrigan’s memoir, Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child, takes the reader through her chaotic childhood with an alcoholic mother and enabling father to a violent assault that nearly ended her life. She populates her tale with vivid descriptions of her parents, other influential adults, the attacker, and her disastrous first marriage. But this story has a happy ending, when Meg finds solace in a God she didn’t think she’d ever believe in, when He gently helps her heal from her past lives and move into the best times of her life. Meg has also written a novel, Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist, about said first marriage, as well as a Christian devotional, Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian, comprised of blogs from this site. Stay tuned for sequels to her last two books! All of her works may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .

TERROR IN THE NIGHT

Mountain Lion

When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. Exodus 20:18

 

When I was about ten years old, we lived in a home my father had built on the side of a mountain near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ours was one of the first houses in the area, and until more homes were built, we were some distance from any neighbors. One night, our family woke to what sounded like a woman screaming outside. Looking out the window, my father saw a full-grown mountain lion in our back yard. He watched the animal run from our yard back up the mountain. We never knew what made it scream like that, but it was something none of us forgot quickly. One thing that did not occur to us in our fright was that we were really the ones encroaching on the mountain lion’s habitat, not the other way around.

 

The book of Exodus tells of a time when the Lord was very stern with the Israelites for their disobedience. God told Moses to warn the people not to come near Mount Sinai or touch any part of it, or they would die (Exodus 19:11-13). God caused thunder and lightning to surround the mountain, shaking it violently. The Israelites were terrified, and they asked Moses to speak to God for them so they wouldn’t have to face Him. They feared the Lord so much, they thought they would surely die if He spoke directly to them (v. 20:19). Moses ascending the mountain and listened to God for forty days and forty nights. God had a lot to say, and Moses knew it was important to hear and remember every word. But while Moses was gone, the Israelites forgot all their fear and made idols out of gold because they weren’t sure Moses was even coming back (Exodus 32). Neither God nor Moses were very happy that the people forgot their reverence so quickly.

 

God had said to the people, “Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:5-6). But the people forgot that God was sovereign over everything, and they disobeyed the very One Who had created them.

 

Lord, this world can be frightening. Instill in us a sustaining trust in You. Amen

 

From Istanbul to Edinburg, Rwanda to New Zealand, followers of Meg Blaine Corrigan’s blog “Brilliant Resilience,” have been in for a treat. Part devotional, part memoir, part commentary on life, Corrigan’s weekly devotion topics range from gut-wrenchingly serious to laugh-out-loud funny. When the blog debuted in 2015, it was read in over forty countries by more than nine thousand people. A few weeks into the year, Corrigan’s followers began asking her to put the blogs into print. Thus a book was born: Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian, available from Amazon.com or from Corrigan’s website, www.MegCorrigan.com . New readers will be intrigued by her amusing titles and devotions that are grounded in reality. A great read for those in need of a spiritual lift, and a wonderful gift for anyone we hold dear. Watch for Saints With Slingshots Two soon to be published.

SOMEBODY WOKE UP JIM CROW

Jim Crow“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. …” Matthew 5:43-48

 

We recognize Bishop Michael Curry as the Episcopalian preacher who so recently stunned the world with his energetic words at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Now, Curry and other prominent Christian leaders have taken their message of Christ’s unfailing love to the streets of our nation’s capital. Curry was joined by other progressive Christian leaders, including Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Friar Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A candlelight vigil was held Thursday, May 24, 2018, followed by a march to the White House, dubbed “Reclaiming Jesus.” “As elders,” Curry stated, “we view bringing (this movement) to the public square as a tangible example of how to live out (Christ’s) way of love.” About two thousand people packed the National City Christian Church prior to the march.

 

Curry said, “It’s like somebody woke up Jim Crow*.” Without naming politicians, parties, or national leaders, these committed Christians issued a statement rejecting the “America First” philosophy as “theological heresy for followers of Christ.” They denounced “xenophobic or ethnic nationalism that places one nation over others as a political goal.” They also condemned “the normalization of lying…in favor of personal recognition and gain often characterized by offensive arrogance.” The leaders shared their concerns of a “dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest level of our government and in our churches,” which put “the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith” at stake. It is time, they said, to prove that conservative “evangelicals” cannot claim exclusive rights in the United States to defining and interpreting Christianity.

 

“As citizens,” Curry stated, “we want our government to reflect our values…(to) follow the teachings of Jesus Who taught us to love God and love our neighbor.”

 

Lord, stir in us a passion for Your message of love and tolerance for all peoples, nations, creeds and persuasions. Amen

 

  • The “Jim Crow” persona was a theater character by Thomas D. Rice and an ethnic depiction in accordance with 19th century ideas of African-Americans and their culture. Rice’s famous stage personal eventually lent its name to a generalized negative and stereotypical view of black people. The “Jim Crow” period began when segregation rules, laws, and customs surfaced after the Reconstruction era ended in the 1870’s. The period existed until the mid-1960’s when the struggle for civil rights in the United States gained national attention. (Source: Wikipedia) Curry’s reference to the “reawakening” of the “Jim Crow” era is a direct reference to the insurgence of racial tension in the United States today.

FALSE POWERS

Wizard of Oz CostumesFor false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Mark 13:22

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s book written by American author L. Frank Baum, published in 1900. The verson best known today is the 1939 musical film adaptation entitled The Wizard of Oz. My favorite character is the Wizard, whose multiple roles in the story are explained on gradesaver.com. “The Wizard reveals himself to be a balloonist…who accidentally ended up in the Land of Oz, and was taken for a powerful sorcerer by its Munchkin inhabitants.” The Wizard is not a bad man. But his newfound fame with the Munchkins, and Emerald City, built for him by his tiny admirers, lead the man to think he is more important than he actually is. A clever Kansas girl named Dorothy reveals the Wizard’s sham. He then becomes himself, employing ordinary common sense to help Dorothy and her friends realize all their wishes. Of course, the entire adventure ends up to be a dream of Dorothy’s when a Kansas tornado knocks her senseless.

 

Today, there are many “wizards” competing for our allegiance. In her insightful Bible study, No Other Idols, Christian writer Kelly Minter exposes many ways modern people confuse illusion with reality. Minter says, “Our idols may look different, but our enslavement to them is the same.” She details the pitfalls of modern “idols” from smartphones to super-sized meals to lust for more and better “stuff.” Her study reminds us that people have always found “false gods” in this world, but the Internet has just delivered the next form of idolatry with alarming speed. Perhaps no place in modern history have we seen a worse example of “false power” than in the influence by the Russian government on the United States’ most sacred democratic principle of a free election. Unsuspecting people were duped into believing false social media posts clearly designed to sway opinions during the presidential campaign of 2016.

 

Both Mark and Matthew’s Gospels recount Jesus’ words, “False messiahs and false prophets will… perform signs and wonders to deceive” (Mark 13:22/Matthew 24:24). Kelly Minter concludes, “Nothing has brought me the joy, freedom, and happiness that Christ has given me…No (false) god can compare to Jesus.”

 

Holy God, deliver us from the evil of false gods. Compel us to worship only You. Amen

ONE SIMPLE QUESTION

CounselingAsk and it will be given to you…. Matthew 7:7

 

“What happened to you?” Not, “What’s wrong with you?” The difference in those two questions, according to Oprah Winfrey, was to her “life changing.” On a CBS 60 Minutes television segment hosted by Winfrey, the topic was “trauma-informed response” to mental health issues. This is an issue that was “life changing” for me as well, when I walked into a workshop two years ago and realized, as Winfrey did, that I had been asking the wrong question—of clients, students, friends, my children, and even myself—for most of my life. What a difference it makes, when people are experiencing a crisis, to ask, “What happened to you?” and not, “What did you do?” or “What is wrong with you?” Rephrasing this simple inquiry takes the sting out—the shame, the guilt, the blame, and the ego-deflating accusation, all gone. Instead, the focus is on, simply, what happened and how can we move to a better place from here?

 

Isn’t this what Christ came to tell us? He came not to condemn the world, but to reconcile the world to Himself through grace, and not through what we might do to earn His wonderful love (John 3:17). He asks not, “What’s wrong with you?” but “What hurts?” “What can I heal?” “What can I show you to make you understand how much I love you?” In this imperfect world in which we are all broken, a Savior comes to hold us in our pain, to encourage us in our rising from that pain, and to replace that pain with comfort and healing. The promise of eternal life may seem distant and unimportant when life tears at our souls and our spirts. But Jesus promises to be with us in this life, in this journey too. He makes our earthly walk abundant beyond our wildest dreams because He does not ask us to prove ourselves in any way. He quietly watches as we choose divergent paths, and He rejoices when we find the high road again. He is a total Gentleman; He is the ultimate Doorman, ushering us toward the better option but allowing us to exercise our free will as we choose.

 

Jesus, ask us questions, not always the most comfortable ones, but always the right ones. And give us the answers through Your Word. Amen

 

Meg Blaine Corrigan is the author of three books: Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child; Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist; and Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and has worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and war veterans.  Her books may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .