Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday's Faith- In Grief, We Groan even as God Groans... ~Tommy and Angie Prince

Friday's Faith

In Grief, We Groan even as God Groans...

~Tommy and Angie Prince

The Spirit is not always experiencing joy. Think of what the Spirit goes through on our behalf, the groans, the deep pleadings, and I wonder how that might be related to our suffering...

We don't have enough appreciation for suffering - there's a lot of groaning and moaning to be done. We do not have yet the hope that we are hoping for or it could not be called "hope," for hope is not hope that already has what's hoped for. Who hopes for what he already has? Who has seen what he is hoping for? Hope that is seen is no hope at all. And to not have it is to suffer, to wait, to long for, and hopefully to learn patience as we await it.

That is the job of our mourning, to adapt to this horrible reality that we do not have what we are yet hoping for...and that will involve much groaning, much hurting, many tears, indeed, guttural cries in missing our beloved, in longing for our beloved, in grieving a present world that no longer contains our beloved. It is not right that she is not here, but she is not and to THAT we must adapt?

A woman wrote me today that my description on my blog about being in the middle of "tough love" with my daughter was actually, in her opinion, being in the middle of "LOVE" for my daughter, "REAL LOVE," for real love is not all about "feel good" love. I wept when I read it.

And neither is our Lord's love for us all about "feel good" love. He groans for us. In our distress, He is distressed. In our sorrow, He sorrows. In our weeping, He weeps alongside us. To not know this kind of suffering is to not know our Lord, for He "is a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." This world is not as He wants it. This world greatly misses His mark. It is not the loving world He created it to be.

And it is in this context of suffering, of groaning...the creation groaning, we are groaning, the Spirit groaning for us that His spirit inspires Paul to say...

"But we know that in all things God works together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

But He did not say we would necessarily "feel good" in the midst of His working those things out. Indeed, He warned us we would suffer. And not only that we would suffer, but that we would suffer like Him...*


"Who never ate his bread in sorrow,
Who never spent the midnight hours
Weeping and waiting for the morrow,
--He knows you not, ye heavenly powers."



Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

--Psalm 130, ~Psalm 130, De profundis, King James Bible version

קְרָאתִיךָ יְהוָה.
, שִׁמְעָה בְקוֹלִי:
אָזְנֶיךָ, קַשֻּׁבוֹת-- לְקוֹל, תַּחֲנוּנָי.

Picture and Scripture:

*Romans 8:18-28

Jesus' Suffering: Isaiah 63:9, Isaiah 53:3, Matthew 23:37, Matthew 26:38, Mark 14:33, Luke 14:27,33; Luke 9:23-24, Luke 6:20-22, Mark 8:34-37, John 11:35, John 12:27

*Our Suffering: Matthew 5:3-12, Matthew 10:16-25, Matthew 16:24-25, Matthew 20:23,26-28 Matthew 24:9, John 12:23-26, John 15:18-21, John 16:1-4,20-22,33, John 17:13-18


mcProdigal said...

I'm in a tough love situation with my 17yo daughter. I hate it and I struggle with feeling judgmental and/or angry, but I know fear is what I'm really feeling. Fear of the loss of her to adulthood, to disdain or to tragedy.

Angie Prince said...

Dear Richard,

It breaks my heart to hear about your difficult situation with your 17-year-old daughter. I know the struggle can be agonizing for you in so many ways. I understand! It is maddening, and we're so protective of them, we just want them to stop the madness!

I am also thankful that you recognize that underneath your intense feelings is fear. When I recognized that was my real heart's cry as well, I was able to say that to my baby girl, and it was amazing to see God at work as those words..."We are scared for you..." resonated in her heart. It actually created a breakthrough for her back into God's arms I believe. It is amazing what God can do with truth spoken in love from the depths of our hearts. Our prayers will be with you and yours.

May God bless,


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