Monday Morning Coffee Break
I haven't written anything in a while, so I thought I would share this today. This weekend while I was helping with Hot Chocolate during the Winter Wonderland, I met Sean, a homeless man who frequently comes around the church. I can’t seem to stop thinking about him. This young man has some crazy things going on in his mind and life, my heart breaks for him. There was one moment during the day when he sat out in our foyer near the bathrooms just crying. I went out to talk with him and see what was going on and if I could help in any way, though tears he said life circumstances have him depressed and hopeless.
I know there is no way I could grasp all his pain, but in some small ways I understand. Have you ever gotten blindsided by life? How do you deal with it? Life can get overwhelming, there are times when life doesn’t make much sense… Your surrounded by pain … your confused… your hurting… how do you handle it? More importantly, how do those times affect your faith?
One of the few constants in life that we can depend on..is that life is messy. Life doesn’t always turn out the way we plan or expect it to… NEWSFLASH, all Christian struggle at times! That is one of the reasons I love King David, he was transparent and honest about his pain. Read Psalms, you can see some of the struggles he experienced in his walk with God. Struggle is a part of life! Sometimes it is the struggles in life that cause us to run to God. I know it has me many times.
Here are a couple things to remember when life gets you down. One, let go of the past and PUSH ON FORWARD, don’t give any power to the past hurts. Two, spend some time and talk with your Christian friends (join a Gathering Group). Often when we are depressed and struggling, we shut out the thing we need most: PEOPLE! Loneliness only intensifies our pain.
Let’s help each other this Christmas season to find the HOPE and PEACE that God wants all of us to experience. Be the light that breaks through someone’s darkness.