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  1. Linn says:

    I am dealing with a situation with my elderly father who I never have been sure really loved me. He ended up being arrested, put in a psych ward, and we are trying to figure out POA. He is a bit like Smokey—beat up and untrusting. I have long left my dad issues with my Heavenly Father, but I hope showing love to my dad will help him find rest in his Heavenly Father.

  2. Michael says:


    I pray that it does as well.
    The main tool (or weapon) of the Christian will always be the demonstration of sacrificial love…and I believe it “succeeds” where nothing else will…

  3. Em says:

    Abusive parent? A neighbor had such a dad. Now the old man is demented and incontinent and my Christian neighbor is caring for his dad as if he’d been a good parent. Must be a lesson for me in there somewhere. ….
    I love my daughter or i would take her two elderly, incontinent, vomiting cats for their final trip to the vet. Fortunately, she has bare wood floors – easier to clean up..
    God keep and give old Smokey some understanding of who his best friend and hope is….

  4. Gabby says:

    Thank you for writing this. I’ve recently been listening to Christianity Today’s podcast series on Mars Hill/Mark Driscoll, and it’s been painful to listen to. It reminded me of the passage in Ezekiel about the shepherds who exploit and harm the sheep, in contrast to Jesus’s statements in John about being the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep. I’ve had to keep reminding myself that Jesus has not forsaken those wounded by churches and church leaders (including me). He is good and His steadfast love endures forever. And I pray He will raise up shepherds who walk in the way of the Lamb, tending and feeding the flock with the Body and Blood of Christ.

  5. Michael says:

    Thank you, Gabby!

  6. sarahmorgan says:

    Thanks so much for this, I needed to read it….even a dozen years after leaving church for good, I still struggle with these issues (where was God when everyone here who claims to follow Him treated me like utter, unwanted crap? Is Jesus even around to see this? Is this place where I live now actually God-forsaken?). I try to remember when I feel abandoned/discarded by God that I don’t know or understand what’s going on, and that when I was in the hospital for my surgery earlier this year I did believe that He was there with me and was comforted, but just last week I was in a situation where I realized that I’m caught (painfully so) between this deep yearning to serve God as a musician again (I’d done it for decades, before it all came crashing down), and the reality that I’m still terrified to set foot in a church again. Reading your stories here helps me reorient my spiritual perspective, and I’m grateful for that.

  7. Em says:

    Sarah, i wish i could send you a picture of the mechanic who worked on my car when it broke down in Oregon – short, fat, long black hair…. had i seen him when i left the car there, i wouldn’t have done so. But the guy is an ex stock car race driver, smarter about cars than anyone i know – fixed my problem and only charged me $15 shop time plus parts. Sometimes God has our backs even when it doesn’t look that way….
    I have known others who’ve been betrayed by Christians-so-called.
    We just have to learn that God IS there for us even when it doesn’t seem that he is…. or so it sems to this old lady. 😉
    God keep

  8. Michael says:

    Thank you, Sarah…God is with you and for you…and my prayer is that you will become as convinced of that as I am…and trust me, I’ve had lots of doubt over time.

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