Each of Us - A Living Stone?


As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—  you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 2:4-6

I'm almost afraid to try to write post for today.  What if this is a "discouraging word" rather than the encouragement that is the intent of this blog?

How do we encourage others when we feel empty ourselves?

You see, this blog is a commitment between God and myself.  I've kind of promised that I would post everyday that it was physically possible for me to do so.  So, I'm in a bind of sorts.  It is physically possible - but emotionally?  Ah, that is another story.

My husband's health, my health, issues in our family, stress from  past events have all been piling on bit by bit until today - when that last "bit" has made it all seem like too much.

I'm a fixer by nature.  And I can't fix any of this.  Even though I want to.

I'm tired.

I know that God knows it.  

I know that God sometimes uses people and events as sandpaper in our lives.  Today, it feels as if I am raw from all the events that have scraped against me and left me battered and wounded.

Yes, that is the word.  I feel wounded.

Wounded - by life and all of its events.

Wounded - by those who have professed to be my friends ... and left.

Wounded - by those in my family who just don't seem to care or understand.

There is a saying I heard a long time ago.  

"You are at the bottom of the stairs with a broken leg.  It doesn't matter if you were pushed down the stairs or if you fell down the stairs.  What matters is what you are going to do about it."

So, the question is - what am I going to do about this feeling?  This feeling that seems to shadow me everywhere today?

The only thing I know how to do.

The only thing I can do.

Close my eyes and think of Him.

He, who hung bloodied and battered on a cross - for me.

He, who was wounded by life - and all its events.

He, who was wounded by those who turned away from Him.

He, who was wounded by those who didn't seem to care - or understand.

No - I cannot compare what I am going through to His life and death.

I only know it is so challenging for me.

All I can do right now?  Offer it all up as a sacrifice to Him who sacrificed heaven itself - for me.

And for you.

Father God, May we never take our eyes off of the supreme sacrifice You made for us - giving up Your life in heaven and coming into this fractured world to save those who are Your own.  Help us, when we are overwhelmed by life, remember our lives are sacrifices we can give back to You.  Amen and amen.


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