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One great gift I have in leading this ministry of healing is I receive the most heartfelt pieces of prose, poetry, personal stories, etc.
This weekend I ran into a woman I’d met quite a while back and she has been following the blog. She asked how I was doing, clearly understanding that this year is a one of endurance, growth and God’s extended grace. I gave her a genuine smile in response, “I’m two steps ahead most days and one step back at times but for the most part I am much much better.”
Today I spoke to a thriver of abuse (not just survivor but a woman I will be using as a resource within the ministry who has overcome and now heals with Theophostic prayer) and she admitted to questioning where God was when we feel he’s abandoned us in the midst of evil. I remember crying out to God, “Don’t you care?!”
Makes you wonder why Christ on the cross cried out “My God, my God why have You abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46) just before our redemption was sealed with his final breath.
God has clearly not abandoned us in the least. In fact he is so near he is within us, surrounding us, holding our eyes open, helping our heart to beat, our diaphragm to expand. He is sustaining us through the evil of another’s will and choice until we choose to recognize his presence and guidance in our lives. And then we learn to fight as righteous rather than victims.
What is your choice? It is our choice that lead us to inflict evil, walk away from evil, deflect evil and even love despite evil.
Where is God? He is in every thread of your being but you have to make a choice to see your true heritage.
Where is God
When you feel as if you cannot take another step
When crying is all you feel you have left
You ask where God is
He is in the tear drop that falls
Bathing and healing your soul.
When you have walked away from all of your beliefs
And feel that prayer is something you cannot say
He walks quietly beside you, though you may not see him
Youwill feel his grace in the strangest of ways
In the quiet of the night or walking across a floor
Past a stranger on the street who knows
The healing power of touch,a kind word, a smile
When you seem lost, afraid to step out and feel
Is when He holds yourhand and quietly leads you
The moments when you feel that you are alone
When there is no one near to hold you
And you fear that your prayers will not be heard
That is when your soulis held
The closest to His heart
Through the darkness you do not see and so often
It is then that you fail to look for the light within
A light given at birth, lasting till the end
When you feel that you cannot breathe, let alone take a step
And you feel thefrailness of your being
When you are afraid to see or chose not to believe
You ask where God was when my world crumbled within
It is then that the wonder of His grace may be felt
If you just take that breath, and make that step
For His grace is all around you, though you cannot see
When it seems as if there are no tomorrows that you can bear
That is when God is truly there
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