What should that do for my feelings?
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Psalm 55

Sometimes I feel abandoned. Or at least neglected. (Feelings are that way, you know, too loose with the facts.)

Whether others abandon or embrace me, God hears me. Whether I moan or praise, God hears me. Whether others chuck or cherish my friendship, God hears me. What should that do for my feelings?

“Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication” (Psalm 55:1).

“For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it…” (Psalm 55:12).

“As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:16,17).

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Too bad it never crossed my mind to ask Him!

“Is Mark Roth here tonight?”

The moderator of our evening church service this past Sunday scanned the audience.

He couldn’t see me. I didn’t help him. I sat still, blending in as well as any bald guy could. I was very tired after chairing a long Board meeting that ended shortly before the service began.

He still didn’t see me. I still didn’t help him.

But my wife raised her hand and pointed at me. 😯

The moderator (a former student of mine, I might append) called me up front with instructions to talk about nonresistance.

Impromptu. Spur of the moment. No advance warning. No notes. No thinking time.

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