Mourning Times Infinity 2

Jeremiah seemed to believe that his life was forever damned to this place of hopelessness. But even in his state of total despair and depression, Jeremiah let God know how he felt. Here’s how the prophet’s act of mourning changed his entire outlook and also brought comfort to an entire nation.

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Mourning Times Infinity

This biblical account is arguably the best example of how the act of mourning can give us clear perspective – even in the worst of times.

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burn us up

 

“How long do we stay in the fire?” “Is it a lack of faith, or is it wisdom to leave a burning building before the roof caves in – leaving us no escape?” These are questions I recently posed to myself, to Regina, and to God. But it was something that Regina said that was not only the catalyst for this post, but her statement also gave me wisdom, and direction. Regina suggested that we leave as soon as we can but NOT before the ropes burn off.

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Time to Mourn 2

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says that, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (NIV)
Following that sentence is long list of events that we can all identify with to one one degree or another.  The writer will then offer us a statement that is the focal point of this post.

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CYCLES: hurt vs comfort

it is said that, “Hurt people – hurt people.”  It’s not difficult to find books and sermons on the topic.  People that have been hurt tend to pass on their pain – sometimes for generations.

But this post is about comforted people.  While hurting people may in fact hurt others, I contend that comforted people will comfort others. The topic of writing as of late is mourning. This is the 5th post.

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A Time to Mourn

Here’s a small example of what happens when I don’t keep my heart in tune with God’s heart – when I don’t mourn my losses even when they are small.

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Still Mourning

I once heard it said that, “Mourning is the transference of pain from our heart to God’s heart.”  In my experience, that’s proven to be pretty accurate.  I always find comfort, clarity, and strength, when I involve God in my pain and despair.  The bible is full of examples of people crying out to God as they mourned their losses.  This post is about one such incident.

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I Cried Oceans

I cried hard – and I did so right in the middle of the largest mega-church in America. My daughter Amber Humphries, and her husband Jared were leading the congregation in worship when it happened. With my beautiful wife Regina on one side of me, and my daughter Kayla on the other, I mourned not only for the pain I had cause them, but I finally mourned for loss of my ministry.

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Good Mourning

In this post I will answer the question that I have been asking for weeks.  “WHERE ARE YOU?”

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off to see the wizard

In the classic movie, The Wizard was perceived to be both great and powerful. It was said that no was permitted audience with him. When Dorothy and her friends walked the long, and precarious Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, they found The Wizard protected by walls and guards. But Dorothy had the courage not only to make the journey, but to also to pull back the curtain.

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