Good Friday: Grace for the Forsaken

Good Friday: Grace for the Forsaken

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice “Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.

Matthew 27:46 (NIV)

These words pierce me every time I read them. They are words wrung from the deep places of the soul. Words that come from the depths of pain and anguish.

He had been betrayed by one of his close friends. One of the men who was in his inner circle had denied him. Those who had shouted his name in triumph just days before, now called for him to be crucified.  

He was in the dark, he was crying out, he was betrayed, he was abandoned and he was in pain.

He knows what it is to be forsaken.

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Present with us – The guiding father

Are you going through a season when you are feeling bombarded from all directions? Do you feel like you barely have time to recover from one crisis and another is already upon you? Are you living in a state of constant reaction to your circumstances and feel like you are not even able to take a breath?

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Present with us – The Healing Father

Present with us - the healing father

When my girls fall and hurt themselves, they know they can come to me, and I will get out the first aid kit, and administer Band-Aids, kisses, or ice packs as required.

But some days the hurts that my girls come home with are internal; harsh words spoken, friends who no longer want to play, or a teacher who shouted at them. For these hurts the treatment is less tangible, a hug, a listening ear, grace when their overwhelmed emotions overflow onto their mumma.

Are you in need of healing?

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Present with us – the emotional father

In times of great distress and pain we can sometimes feel that we are the sum of our emotions. Emotions that are overwhelming and hard, emotions that seem to take up our whole being. In these times conversely, we can also feel that God is distant, that he doesn’t understand the extremes of our emotions and that he is uncaring.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Our God is not a passive father that watches our emotional turmoil from a distance. Instead he is present with us in our emotional ups and downs. Continue reading “Present with us – the emotional father”