Thursday, May 15, 2014
Bear with me please, I rarely, if ever, speak of my faith on this page. Today, however, is different. My friends, readers, and fans, are diverse and unique, as are their beliefs. We respect each other enough to realize that, while our opinions may differ, we are still friends at the end of the day. I am in no way a "bible thumper." I do not push my faith on anyone, and rarely say anything unless asked.
I am in no way a saint. I have made many mistakes, and I know I will continue to do so. I have also made choices, some good, some not. I will not use Bipolar as an excuse, I take responsibility for my choices, I own them.
I am no hypocrite either. I am not one to dip my toes in the pool of sin, and preach to others of their mistakes, or choices, as I see them. I believe we are all free to make any choice, and to live the life we desire. Joshua 24:15
In what I am about to write, you will see the beliefs that happen to be mine. I'm asking not for debate, but for the respect to allow me to adhere, and find comfort, in the faith I have, and to possibly give someone, facing a soul crushing period in their lives, a glimpse of words that have comforted me in the same situation.
Thank you in advance, for allowing me to share what I believe, and not arguing, or debating, in a time of such unimaginable loss.
As I read the text, I realized the foreboding, the oppression, I had felt yesterday, hadn't been imagined. While sleeping, my spirit was feeling, sensing, the coming tragedy. I then knew, that for the past few days, my constant prayers for this family were not unmerited.
I will simply copy and paste what I wrote on my personal Facebook page, as the thoughts, the realization, still have me in tears for their pain, and what I know they face.
I'd like to ask all of my believing friends to be praying for a very close friend of mine, and his entire family, and circle of friends.
His family has experienced an unexpected, and devastating tragedy, one that will forever change their lives. Isaiah 57:1-2.
Many of you are mutual friends with us both, as well as many others, and I ask you not to mention his name, or his family, on my page out of respect for them all, as well as for the privacy of the family they so desperately need at this time, as they make their way through the days and times ahead they will be facing, and will continue to face.
I pray that the Spirit of God is with them at this moment, and in the times to come. Psalm 34:18, Psalm 147:3, John 14:1-3
I pray they will all feel His presence, His love, and be drawn closer to Him, and not be driven to bitterness, and anger, but into knowing there is an appointed time for everything under the sun, Ecclesiastes 3:1-4.
While, we as humans, cannot see but the dark threads beneath the tapestry being formed, one day we will be able to see the completed work of art, and the meaning, and importance, of those dark threads, in all of it's glory. I pray my friend and his family feel His peace and comfort surround them, 2nd Corinthians 1:4, John 14:27, Deuteronomy 31:8, Matthew 5:4, Romans 8:18-19, John 14:27.
I ask that He protects them, and guides them forever. I ask this all in the precious, Holy, name of Jesus.