Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Sunday Blessings


One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods. As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right. He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job. His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him. He remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness he had, that no one could cure. His very soul was filled with anger, resentment, and frustration. Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there.

And with tears in his eyes, he prayed: 'Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed. Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot, I don't know how. It is not fair Lord, I didn't deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn't have to forgive. As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don't know how to forgive. My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray you teach me to do the one thing I cannot do: Teach me to forgive.'


As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder. He opened his eyes. Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt. He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground. He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them. He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head. Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face. As their eyes met, the man's tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.


'Have you ever told a lie?' He asked? The man answered - 'Yes, Lord.'
'Have you ever been given too much change and kept It?'The man answered - 'Yes. Lord.' And the man sobbed more and more.
'Have you ever taken something from work that wasn't yours?' Jesus asked? And the man answered, 'Yes, Lord.'
'Have you ever sworn, using my Father's name in vain?' The man, crying now, answered - 'Yes, Lord.'
As Jesus asked many more times, 'Have you ever'? The man's crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer - 'Yes, Lord'. Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder. He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before. Jesus said, 'I didn't deserve this either, but I forgive you.'


It may be hard to see how you're going to get through something, but when you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is. Read the following first line slowly and let it sink in.


If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.
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This is this week's Sunday blessing, which came from another blessing...my friend Pamela!

18 comments:

sandy said...

Good morning Jeannie. Thank you for the blessing:)

Liz said...

I would like to say thank you for the blessing. I am going through a difficult time and this made me feel a little better. Thank you!

Mama Wheaton said...

I am glad that this was the first blog I read when I got up this morning. Thank you

Lizzie said...

thank you for the great sunday blessing. what a touching post.

Mrs de Miranda said...

That was beautiful!! Thank you!

Cassie said...

This is a wonderful post, thank you.

Christina said...

Great reminder!

merc3069 said...

Jeannie,
I am sorry, I still have no idea what I won?;-) If you have read my blog completely then you know that I am in a rough spot in my marriage. This weekend has brought new lows. Thank you for today's post. I promise to be back soon.

LadyStyx said...

Very nice share!

readytobealoser said...

Jeannie, I am so glad that I sent you this via the email. It is wonderful to share and support one another. Pamela

JANE said...

thanks for sharing Jeannie!!

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ChicagoLady said...

Definitely somethine we all should remember. Thanks for sharing!

Zen Ventures said...

"If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it." - so true! I'm holding on to this promise right now. My life right now is braving a storm...thanks for posting this!

your SITstah - Maricris :)

Tulsi said...

Thanks for stopping by! Don't you just love Military families?????

Melodie said...

AMEN!

Tiffany said...

Thank you for that great story to reflect on!! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed week!!

Jennifer P. said...

Such inspiring words. Thank you!

And thank you, too, for being a blog follower. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get over here and say that! I appreciate it more than my fingers can express :)!