Good Monday to all.
What a Monday it was... a little trying, very tiring but most of all very tough as I was thinking ever constantly about my friend who buried her 3 year old today.
Regardless of what is going on - nothing in my world could come close to the heartbreak that she must be experiencing now and I am continuing my prayers for her comfort.
I got a comment to my post from Friday that struck me rather odd..
The comment said, "You mention that you pray with your children. Where is the father figure? A family that prays together stays together. Amen"
Wow - does that strike anyone else as slightly harsh? I'm only a few weeks into blogging and love the open forum of it all but MAN - that seems extremely judgmental.
Since you asked, soccermom - I'll gladly tell you. The "father figure" is not a figure at all, he is here with us. (he is in the photo above with us) We have been married almost 8 years and we are very thankful for our family. Interesting that you picked up on the fact that I did not mention him praying with us on that occasion. It is really immaterial to the story in the blog. I racked my brain to think of what positive point you could have been making and came up with nothing. Luckily - my husband is not a regular reader to the blog just yet. Otherwise - he might be inclined to remind me of why he is not as far on his spiritual journey as I am on mine. You see - my husband is slowly getting his head around grace and mercy from Christ but does not believe it exists between humans. A comment like yours would surely have confirmed to him that Christians sit around waiting to pounce on an opportunity to judge - point out where others fall short and generally remind everyone else of the cliches that many cling to instead of the verses that inspired the cliche to begin with.
Maybe you meant nothing by the comment (and I truly hope that is the case) but it came across negatively. Thought you'd like to know that.
SO - that brings me to my big thought of the day... humility. So many times today - I found myself in the most humble of positions - whether it be during my quiet time contemplating the greatness of the God I serve or at work when asked to do tasks that are certainly well below my expertise - it is in those moments that we should look at ourselves and remember to
Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly
That's the bright blue bracelet in the photo - my daily reminder of this from Micah 6:8