05 May 2017
Father Hearts and Father Wounds ~ Losing Too Soon
Greetings Dear Reader,
We suffer loss. We take damage. We have scars. “For all who would seek to love, a thorn is all the world has to give.” I do not believe this because I am cynical or jaded. I believe it because I see it.
The difficulty is that if we have a heart made by the Father then we willingly take the damage, the pain, and the scars. The Son offers both a home and a cross. We cannot take the crown without first carrying the cross. Following Christ means first taking up a cross.
The pain we suffer tries to wear us down. The hurt we inflict on ourselves or that which is inflicted on us rips at the heart. Some days we cannot even crawl from the hurt but we are still obligated to follow. We are still obligated to bear our cross. We are still obligated to rise above the pain and sorrow.
The great difficulty is that we lose heart too soon. We forget that any pain or sorrow has a healing ahead of it. We lose faith. We lose heart. We stop following and, therefore, never walk out of the pain. We stay in the valley of shadows and stop following the light away from the hurt.
To love is to risk damage and pain. To love is to put our hearts on the line for the sake of others. The moment we call it back and stop loving unconditionally we gather the hurt into ourselves. We should not be surprised that when we lose heart we find pain.
Since the core of following Christ is to love then the heart must never be lost. We must hold on and be held no matter how broken and pained we become. We must hope. We must have faith. If we do not then we are losing it too soon.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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