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AmyJ wrote: ↑
07 Feb 2018, 12:06
I have hope that God is willing to put me on a "hug time-out" and be with me until I am ready to listen when I get de-regulated spiritually, emotionally or mentally due to the buffetings of mortality.
I love how you put this. I do not want a God that will show me eternity and tell me that all of my fears, struggles, and sorrows were silly in the grand scheme of things. I want a God that will hold me and perhaps share a few tears Himself - that will validate the reality and my experience and my pain before expanding my understanding.
Sometimes we just need a "hug time-out".
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood
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I love the Givenses' "The God Who Weeps". They focus on a different reason for weeping, but I just love the idea of a God who cries.
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)
Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.
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So glad this thread was bumped up this many years later. I don't post often, but this was just too true and touching not to say, Thank You from the deepest part of my heart, Curt Sunshine. Maybe we will get a Smashburger together again someday.
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. ...You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
“You have to carry the fire."I don't know how to."Yes, you do."Is the fire real? The fire? "Yes it is."Where is it? I don't know where it is." Yes you do. It's inside you. It always was there. I can see it.”― Cormac McCarthy, The Road