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"All Our Sins and Griefs to Bear . . .."

"All Our Sins and Griefs to Bear . . .."

 

". . . and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5b (NIV)

 

We were at Augusta National last week, a piece of ground God made and man has taken marvelous care of. In the 2018 Masters, last year's defending champion made a 13 on a par-5 hole; the most recent time he'd played it in a competitive round, he'd scored a 4. But this time he hit five balls into the water and shot himself out of the tournament before the first round was over.

 

And there were other big mistakes, some forced and some not, but the point is, everyone who has ever played the game, or any game, must deal with adversity. But these are games, things we do for fun. And at The Masters, you can't feel too badly for a guy if he plays a bad round of golf: last year payout was $270,000 . . . for the 10th place finisher.

 

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was a psychiatrist and pioneer in near-death studies; she invented the theory of the five stages of grief. And she said this: "The most beautiful people I've known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths."

 

Easier said than done. I know. More important . . . God knows.

 

Joseph Scriven was an Irish poet of the early-to-mid 19th century. Not one but two of his fiancées passed away, one in a horse-riding accident, the other of pneumonia. After that, he dedicated his life to helping the destitute. He struggled, but soldiered on. And he also wrote a poem that you've come to love as a great hymn:

 

"What a friend we have in Jesus . . .."

 

Depression, loss, relationship misunderstandings, sickness . . . so many opponents in this world, so many unseen forces. To overcome, we need power. Jesus paid the price to be able to share that power, and to hold your hand and comfort and guide you, no matter what you might be going through. Keep in mind that much of His help might come through conversations and experiences with others who love you, or through your church family, or through your Bible reading, or a support group. You, beaten and bruised but better, will be able to bless someone by sharing your experience, and by holding their hand, and performing the ministry of presence.

 

We will be fine, as long as we stick together.

 

"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teddy Allen

 

 

Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana  

Bible Teacher, Sports Announcer  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eThoughts Team --  Week-day Free Devotions -- Vol. XII, No. 04-07TA -- Archived

Dr. Nelda Hughes Spinks, Professor Emerita-- Editor/Publisher

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