Jars of Clay….

So this is kind of a big step for me to shart sharing more about some proactive ways we can help those dealing withissues regarding  abuse. Sometimes it’s scary to put stuff out there like that, but also at least to me it’s scary not to considering the cost silence has. I know this all to well.  I have included a link that I wish you would take a look at. Just go to the general statistics and it’s unreal the amount of pain from all of this. Remember, these are reported cases from a couple yrs ago even if I’m not mistaken…how many more are unreported~the number is insurmountable.  

http://www.childhelp-usa.org/pages/statistics 

   We have things that happen in our lives that are humiliating or embarrassing that we don’t want people to know about. I do know that, truly. I think that is also one of the problems many of us have at receiving Christ at face value. If you are one of the people in the world who has ever been on the receiving end of sexual or physical abuse, witnessed atrocities and have nothing in your life that even remotely has ever come close to resembling an unconditional love, forgiveness, such grace and mercy that it’s almost unbearable to attempt to conceive of? It seems so impossible. Again though, it’s not just difficult for the abused or broken to understand….but for any of us really because all of us have fallen short none of us are perfect and everyone has dreams, wishes or hopes…all has loves, hurts, falls, has short comings and fails. All have sinned, and not one of us is unscathed in this life.  One of the beautiful things is that I’ve really found to be true is that the God of all creation, who made the heavens and the earth, knows my name…purposed my life before it began and He did the same for you, for all of us. How could any human no matter what the back ground ever be able to grasp that.

 This is a beautiful verse:  “But  we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side,but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; prosecuted; but not abandoned; struck down; but not destroyed.” 2 Cor. 4:7-9

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