27 October 2018

Never Apart ~ Those Who are Distant

Greetings Dear Reader,

Because of my sin and yours Dear Reader there are people who are not as close to us relationally as they once were.  They or we have chosen to limit communication, proximity, and showing love to that individual.  We build our own walls and try to scale over or tunnel under the walls built by others.  We create a world of denial by believing that this is tenable and sustainable.

This becomes even more difficult when we face the times we have dedicated to celebrating with family and those who are distant come to mind.  During times of gratitude, giving, and joy we choose to isolate those we claim to love.  We put them in a box and seal it away with beautiful bows and decorations.  We tell ourselves that this is right and good.

It is all a lie.  The promises of love and loyalty linger.  The requirement to be good to everyone includes being faithful to the relationships we promise to sustain.  Yes, we have been hurt.  It is true that we carry pain from the past.  We cannot ever be honest if we say that we have left behind our obligations to those we claim to love. 

What we have really done is decided that their sin is worse than ours.  We choose that they are unworthy of our love, kindness, and loyalty.  We may be ignoring them.  We may have “ghosted” the person socially.  In truth, however, we are never free from them. 

Our obligation to live in peace with all people, especially those who are part of us lingers in us.  We may do unthinkable things to be cut off from it but it is there.  Especially for people who believe as I do, we have a bond that transcends our own thinking and feelings.  We are required to SHOW love to each other; not simply say that we love them and ignore our place in their lives.

We say we separate to heal and to be safe.  We refuse to see that the healing only can come if we do all that we can to draw closer to Christ together.  So, as I face the onset of this season that is so holy to me I am trying to mend my ways relative to someone I have cut off.  I ask Dear Reader that you consider doing the same.  The Father can protect you from the heartache if you focus on him.  The armor he provides is sufficient.  The love we can wield is so powerful.  We cannot be truly parted from anyone who is a part of us.  We must seek peace, restoration, and harmony or our proclamations of love become a lie. 

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
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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