Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
The following is today's reflection from Forward Day by Day.
John 8:32. And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
The man across from me had a .357 Magnum in his mouth two days before our conversation. Events in his life had piled up, one after another, until he could see no other way out from the pain and hopelessness of his existence. Most of the events weren't even major stressors but, stacked end on end, they resembled a mountain he didn't think he could ever cross.
Thankfully, before he mustered the courage or desperation-or both-to pull the trigger, his little dog jumped up on his lap and began licking his arm and wagging her tail.
As he kept talking with me, he seemed to be trying to lead up to a confession of sorts. He'd pause, say, "I've never told anyone this," then falter and change the subject. As his story unfolded, he sounded a lot more like an everyday Joe than a suicidal John Doe.
Finally, he seemed to be ready and began again.
"I know I'm a grown man and so I shouldn't say this, but..." He stalled.
"I'm so afraid."
Tears flowed, and, with each tear, he began to look more and more hopeful.
All of us, every single one of us has things pile up on us that causes us to be distressed and stressed over the everyday occurrences of life: a lost job, a favorite friend departs, the death of someone close to us, a pet who passes away...there are many things that encroach upon the "perfect life" we want for ourselves.
What we must remember is that our life in Christ is not meant to be perfect, it is meant to be fulfilling, transforming, and full of joy because of the love shared with Christ, one another, the neighbor, the stranger, the prisoner. We are called to live a life with and for Jesus Christ. This is not an easy calling and so we gather on Sunday's at All Saints with our family and we hear the story again and we remember.
See ya Sunday!
Blessings & Peace
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