Do You Want To Go Away?

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  1. Cathy says:

    Very well put…I am certain that I am not the only one who feels like my prayers do not avail much, but I am too afraid to quit praying. Afraid that not praying will lead eventually to non commitment to my faith and to my family. Afraid that praying will eventually lead to giving up since I see no results from my prayers. It is hard to live by faith, harder still to admit it is hard to live by faith and prayer. But, I still pray, still hope, still want to believe with all my heart. Thank you for saying this out loud. It helps to know I am not alone in fear and faith.

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks, Cathy.
    Saying it out loud disarms it a bit…allows it out instead of eating one up up from the inside…

  3. DavidM says:

    Michael, when Job’s friends went to visit him, for a week they sat with him and said nothing. That was the best thing they did for their friend, just sit with him in his pain and misery. It was when they opened their mouths and attempted to make sense of it all that things went south quickly.
    Over the years I have learned that when those suffering ask me “Why?”, it’s OK to say “I don’t know but I am here to be with you and help you in any way I am able”.
    And, you are NOT useless!

  4. Michael says:

    I’m out at the cat hospital…will respond later.

  5. Alex says:

    This world will make sense to me if He truly went to prepare a better place for us.

    If He did not… if there is nothing beyond this world… then I have no answers for the suffering I, and those I love, am currently experiencing, and for so much else in the world in our times and before.

    I am at times tempted to give it up. But for what? What then?

    I continue to see and feel the Love. That is real.

    But I so wish that I had the consolation of a few more answers than I have.

  6. Officerhoppy says:

    For me the opening response to Christ’s question keeps me hanging in there “Where else can I go? You have the words of eternal life.

    For some unknown reason I believe that to be true. It’s one of the few things I understand about God.

  7. Josh says:

    Do You Want To Go Away?

    Yes, please.

  8. Dread says:

    We have more than apostolic witness … we have apostolic experience. What? Yes, we have Him. The one the disciples experienced in the flesh is alive to us in the Spirit. The passage invoked here could not be better suited to convey that. They would not go because he had the words of life. That was not information, it was impartation.

    Jesus in that passage offered only himself and in a way they could not comprehend but these few could taste and sense. They lived with the conviction that what they were seeking could not be found elsewhere. To clarify I am not correcting what is posted here. I am witnessing within its’ parameters.

    This world is bitter for me as for so many, but I never expected much more … hmmm sometimes I did. But always returning to the witness of the Spirit in the words of Jesus and his apostles brings me sobriety. There is no glory in this age for most of us but Jesus is the embodiment of the age to come. And he invites me to partake of his incarnate glory as he ministers his flesh and blood to me.

    The only thing that gives me pause about these words is a diminished sense of him… here and now. I live because he lives. I live because he is real … not in the experience of this passing world but in the ability he has to unite heaven and earth if only for fleeting moments as he comes to us fulfilling his promise to never abandon us.

    The apostles did not leave because they had Him. And we have him in his suffering and death so he makes ours bearable and in his resurrection life he makes us able to overcome.

    I know the bitter taste of death as everything in life leaves us. But I have him… we have him. Where indeed shall we go?

  9. Nonnie says:

    In the worst times of my life, when hope was gone, and a dark despair hung over me, I “heard” those words….and the only response I had, in my weakness, sorrow, anger, hopelessness, and tears was…. ”Lord, to whom would I go? You alone have the words of eternal life.” He holds me. I don’t need to understand it all and I can pray, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

  10. Josh says:

    “Where indeed shall we go?”
    To the beach.
    To a friend’s house.
    To a concert.

  11. Dread says:

    Ah

    Ham and eggheads for breakfast

    Welcome back Josh

  12. Josh says:

    Sup dawg?

  13. Dread says:

    I am returning to the west to try and resettle in my old city. Realizing that home is a good thing and home is family. What about you Josh?

  14. Josh says:

    Eh, nothing worth mentioning. Tough season.

    Back to Albuquerque, eh?

  15. Dread says:

    Yes

  16. Josh says:

    I feel like I have to let this season break me, all the way to the ground. Find out what’s real and what’s not. I’m afraid to let go and find out that its all been a sham.

    But it does seem like a really weird dance we do. A very strange club to belong to.

    Is it possible to go away? May be a better question.

  17. Nonnie says:

    Josh….. Hey there! I like what you said:
    Where indeed shall we go?”
    To the beach.
    To a friend’s house.
    To a concert.“. Yes! And He is there with us. Blessings to you, my friend.

  18. Michael says:

    Josh,

    “Is it possible to go away?”

    Maybe…but it would lead to a more miserable place, if that can be imagined.

  19. Josh says:

    I guess that’s why I’m sticking around. Fear.

  20. Michael says:

    Alex spoke well…I truly believe He went to prepare a place for us…and this isn’t it.

    I’m fully invested in what will be to get through what is…

  21. Josh says:

    “We oversold the “benefits” of being a believer to get them in the door and papered over the calls to sacrifice and suffering.”

    Yep. I bought a false bill of goods.

  22. Michael says:

    Josh,

    I can only blame others to an extent…a cursory reading of Scripture puts the lie to “Jesus has a wonderful plan for your life”…it’s wonderful from an eternal perspective, not always so much here…

  23. Michael says:

    I will say that a very important book in this journey is Hebrews…Rev. Dread has given me a new appreciation for that text that I hope I have passed on to my own flock…

  24. Joel Brown says:

    In the midst of my current reality and daily life… I feel you… all too well.

  25. Michael says:

    Joel,

    You are carrying a load that boggles my mind…and your heart has been a witness to the goodness of God in the face of tragedy.
    It matters to so many…

  26. Officerhoppy says:

    There are times when I feel distant from God. In fact I feel that way now. A lot of people feel like that and like me, for long periods of time. I long for the days before I knew too much. When life and walking with Christ were easy and fun. At times I feel like I’ve lost a good friend. But still, I can’t walk away—although I would like to. So,I put one foot in front of the other and press on.

    I often times think Christianity suffers from bad marketing. The line is all your problems will go away and you’ll always be happy and care free. Jesus never peddled that line. His way was the path of suffering. But into day’s Christian market, that line does’t sell

  27. Dread says:

    Michael,

    You’ve provided a haven for bruised reeds and smoldering wicks. That has not been useless.

  28. Michael says:

    Dread,

    I just wanted some company in my misery… 🙂
    Thanks, my friend.

  29. Nonnie says:

    I continue to find solace in the reality that God hold on to me, when I am weak. In Him we are safe and He holds us. I’m simple enough to believe that.

  30. Dan from Georgia says:

    well stated Dread (@ 3:07 15 July). Agreed.

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