DON’T “Be strong”, be SUPPORTED!

What I was thinking about on awaking this morning jives quite well with what I then read in Daily Hope. I’ve seen it a couple of times recently, for different people: “You’re such a strong person.” When we say that, aren’t we setting people up to being afraid to admit they need help? Because we ALL need a Support Team (family and friends), and we shouldn’t rob people of a blessing by NOT asking them for help. NO ONE can “be strong” on their own.

That goes for experiencing sorrow, or for anger, which are both felt deeply in tragedy. God made us emotional creatures, and if you’re angry at him–he can take it! “He would rather have you wrestle with him in anger than walk away in detached apathy.”

The right response to unexplained tragedy is not “grin and bear it.” Lamentations 2:19 says, “Get up, cry out in the night, even as the night begins. Pour out your heart like water in prayer to the Lord”.

As for yesterday’s “daily one-word” of “Word”…. well, I was preparing for Sunday’s Small Group study on the Word. And today’s word is “Sabbath”… which it will be every week for this time of the week… ;)

“… I ask – ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory – to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him – endless energy, boundless strength!” (Ephesians 1:17-19)

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