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Go and Tell

In Mark 9, Peter, James, and John accompany Jesus up a high mountain. On this mountain, they witness Jesus’ Transfiguration; he became dazzlingly white, and they see Jesus talking to Moses and Elijah, who also appear. They hear a voice say, “This is my Son, the Beloved, listen to him!” They witness all of this, and just as soon as it began, it ends as everything returns to normal. Jesus begins to lead them back down the mountain, but not before stopping to warn them not to tell anyone about what they have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead. As they journey back down the mountain, the disciples have one question: What on earth could Jesus mean when he says, “raised from the dead”?

It Is Well In The Storm

Lately, I’ve been in a bad place.

 

I’ve said these words out loud to a few people I trust, but I usually sugarcoat them with a smile, so I don’t think anyone really understands how deep these words run when I say them. A lot has been happening in a short amount of time.

Victim Blaming

I have often wondered why it is so easy to fall into victim blaming. I have never understood why victims are drug through the mud. This reaction happens in society and within the church, which should be the safest place to share our burdens without being cast aside. When a sexual assault victim comes forward and tells their story years later, they are asked why they didn’t report it at the time, why they hid it or even questioned about their motivation for sharing now. When a person reports being raped, they are often asked if they were sober, why they were alone and questions such as what were they wearing or if there was anything they think they could have done differently to prevent the attack. When a domestic violence victim shares their story, they are asked why they haven’t left yet. Since the responses are pretty similar from society and the church, I wonder why. Aren’t we called to respond differently than the world?

Waiting Is Not Doing Nothing

David was anointed the next king, but Samuel just leaves. Although David was anointed, it was not yet in God’s timing for him to take the throne. He still had to prepare himself. God does not call the prepared but prepares the called. David had to wait, maybe even for years. Sometimes God tells us to wait. Waiting is not doing nothing.