Early in the morning I read a line from a new book by Ray Pasteur (a pseudonym) titled, Sheep in Wolves Clothing, written to help the abuser and the victim of sexual abuse. It is not for the faint of heart, but a very good book. Joyce is reviewing it for the October issue of Larry Lilly’s Journal. A story that has been around centuries is retold, the gist of which is in this brief statement.
“A woman struggling with the death of her son went to see a local holy man for help. The holy man listened to her story of grief. When she was finished emptying her soul, the holy man gave her a task. (Good idea for counselors). He instructed her, “Bring me a mustard seed from a home that has never known sorrow. We will use this seed to drive the sorrow out of your life.”
The task seemed easy. After long searching she gave up, because no such home exists.
Death is used in the Bible as an ultimate experience. Paul used the biblical fact that we survive death to comfort when he wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:13, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” The passage teaches the blessing of Christ even in death. Christians do sorrow, but with hope. There is a difference.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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