Friday, June 25, 2010

Daily Bible Verse Inspiration

Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. – Proverbs 25:20

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor,

Sometimes quick answers are the worse thing to offer when people are going through a hard time.

In well meaning attempts to lift someone’s spirits, we move too fast. It would seem ridiculous to visit someone who has just experienced major surgery and try to pull them out of the hospital bed to get them to exercise.

In the same way, sometimes people need the space to grieve for a while. To try to bypass a heavy heart can add more pain to the process. Sometimes the best thing that we can do is to weep when they weep, or just sit with them in silence. The comfort comes not in our cheerful songs, but our presence.

Ok, I  get the Daily Bible verse to my inbox EVERY day.  Some days the words just seem to leap from the page. I even love the commentary today.

the phrase talking about pulling someone from the hospital bed paints such a great word picture that NO one could miss.

And so often when we are sitting in church or just going about our "normal" christian lives we think it's not ok to feel pain. That there is something wrong with us when we do.
I know I have thought that about my self on more than one occoasion. 
And I know that had to have come from somewhere.  Maybe the devil, maybe the church.  I'm not really sure.
I remember being in YWAM about 10 years ago and working through someone else's pain.  I remember telling her as she was crying, that "this is what God gave us shoulders for".  And today when I read this I remembered that.  And can't help but think that's really what they are for.

Since God did not give us shoulders to carry our own burdens...HE's the one that told us that....but we can help carry the burdens of others.  We can use our shoulders to dry the tears of another, to allow them to rest their weary head, to bring comfort and compassion. To love and care for another.  

Which really is a better use for them than carrying our own burdens, don't ya think? :) 

Galatians 6:2NKJV)
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

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