Pain

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I'm not sure why God allows it.
I'm sure no one likes it.
I'm confident, everyone has it at one point or another.
And the more I'm around teenagers, the deeper the hurt runs.

This summer has really been an eye opener for me.  It's been a mixed bag of exciting adventures, and incredible ministry; but the overwhelming issue I'm seeing with the youth world today…PAIN.

They're living in pain.
They're feeling the hurt.
They're trying to mask it with everything under the sun.
But the consistent theme, "I'm hurting."

I had a conversation with a Father the other night who was trying to figure out why his son is dealing with suicidal thoughts.
I saw a son who had the lowest image of himself, due to a lot of stress at home.
I even overheard a conversation with a student who got so good at hiding his drug addiction, NOBODY knew it. 

The Pain in the world is a real deal.  Whether you come from life where it's just hard to live, or you're living high on life; the reality of pain is something inescapable from the human condition. 

I don't think we can answer the why's.

But I do know, in the middle of the pain there's a God who loves us.  He cherishes us.  He sacrificed for us.  And He intends on living life with us to the fullest. 

If you find yourself alone…
If you're living in the hurt locker…
If you've got no where to turn…

We'd love to pray with you, and for you.
We'd love to share life together, as God sees it fit to live.  

I guess the biggest issue I'm seeing this summer has turned into a wonderful blessing as I've watched the pain in several teen lives lift and their countenance once again return to hopeful purpose. 

Thanks for praying.  God is moving.  Good work is being done out here. 

1 Comment

  1. Pain – The gift nobody longs for, still it comes
    And somehow leaves us stronger
    When it’s gone away
    Pray – I try and pray for Your will to be done
    But I confess it’s never fast enough for me
    It seems the hardest part is waiting on You
    When what I really want
    Is just to see Your hand move
    I want a peace beyond my understanding
    I want to feel it fall like rain
    In the middle of my hurting
    I want to feel Your arms as they surround me
    And let me know that it’s okay
    To be here in this place
    Resting in the peace that only comes
    In the waiting
    Time – Time to let it go and just believe
    Trusting in what no one else but You can see
    Free – Freedom from the fears that close me in
    When I can’t get beyond where I have been, but then
    Again- The silence doesn’t mean that I’m alone
    As long as I can hear
    That I am still Your own
    I want a peace beyond my understanding
    I want to feel it fall like rain
    In the middle of my hurting
    I want to feel Your arms as they surround me
    And let me know that it’s okay
    To be here in this place
    Resting in the peace that only comes
    In the waiting
    (Performed by Greg Long)

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