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Sexual Abuse: There is Restoration from Disgrace!

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There is an advertisement in Chicago that reads “Sometimes there are wounds that can’t be seen” in reference to soldiers who have a variety of syndromes of stress and trauma from war.  It is true there are many wounds that cannot be seen.  There is another type of would I want to focus on, sexual wounds.

I know there are people who have suffered sexual trauma, abuse, rape, and other forms of repulsive sins.  If you are one of them, know there is restoration.  God knit you together in your mother’s womb, and can re-knit you, restore what was lost, from the inside out.

There is a book I want to extend to you, Rid of my Disgrace, by Lindsey and Justin Holcomb.  An interviewer of the author asked him, “You want something to happen out there in people’s lives.  What is the one impact you long for most of all?”

“The disgrace that results from sexual assault has a way of grinding people down and heaping huge burdens on them.  Because of it people feel lonely, filthy, worthless, repulsive, hopeless, and unwanted.  Our hope is that God will use the clear Gospel message of the book to eliminate that disgrace and its effects.  What victims need is for God to be strong when they are weak and to be close to the brokenhearted.  We want people to experience God fulfilling his promises to them.  We pray that God uses the book to apply the grace from Jesus deeper than the wounds people have experienced.”

– Justin Holcomb, author Rid of my Disgrace

An article on Grace and Disgrace in light of sexual abuse.

An excerpt from the article:

“This post is written to sexual assault victims, not about them. What happened to you was not your fault. You are not to blame. You did not deserve it. You did not ask for this. You should not be silenced. Nobody had the right to violate you. You were supposed to be treated with dignity and respect. You are not damaged goods. You are not worthless. You do not have to pretend like nothing happened. Healing can happen, and there is hope. While all of this is true, you may still feel the effects of the sexual assault—disgrace, a deep sense of defilement and filth that is encumbered with shame….

The Bible begins with creation in harmony, unity, and peace, and it ends with a restored creation. In between these two “bookends” unfolds the drama of redemption. Salvation was needed because of the tragedy of human rebellion that resulted in disgrace and destruction. Because God is faithful and compassionate, he restores his fallen creation and responds with grace and redemption. This good news is fully expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and its scope is “as far as the curse is found.”

Buy the book here.

I don’t pretend there is a quick fix to the deep matters of the heart, but I pray this may aid in your healing and restoration.

Winter Blues and the All-Sufficiency of Christ

As I’m writing this, I am what I wrote.  Grumpy!  I am also in pain.  My neck hurts and feels like Bruce Lee just chopped into the side of my neck.  My elbow has been hurting me for three weeks, inhibiting me from working out, and doing the things I want to.  Oh, lets not talk about that looming dentist check up I’m due for…like 10 years overdue for (I’ve been poor for quite some time, have pity for me?)  And the sun, does it even exist?  I mean its January in the cold north, but c’mon….and it goes on and on.

It’s no secret.  The winter doesn’t necessarily bring out the best in us.  The weather doesn’t naturally bring us outside as it does during summer.  In summer, the sun calls us into its warm sunny playground, asking us to drink deeply of its days of summer. Come the winter solstice, the sun becomes more like that grumpy friend who at his best day growls some sort of complaint, and so is bestowed to us the same tendency.  In fact, I don’t know of anyone who is just ENRAPTURED by the dark of winter.  “Oh YAAY, darkness, cool air on my neck, weather to make my joints stiff, kind of like……when I DIE!”

So what is the solution?  Many people have different ways of coping with winter.  From the rich northerly traditions of Minnesota, people often find relief in outdoor sports like cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, winter camping, and hunting.  Sometimes we turn our ski slopes into tubing hills, in which we SCREAM down hills in inner tubes, for those who can’t stand up on wooden planks on a hill.

Me?  What do I do?  Well I like to think about what I would do, ideally.  Because what I currently do is not all that exciting (saunas….thats all I have to say).  I think the best way to do winter would be to build myself a mountain chalet.  One right on the side of some mountains, with a huge fireplace.  No four fireplaces, so there could be nice little circles of discussion and activity around each.  One could be the Irish music circle, where men and women both old and young could sing Irish songs outloud to each other while sipping “spiced” cider, with toothless grandpa dancing a jig around everyone.  Or another circle could have CS Lewis read his books to us, and give a commentary to everything (yes, in this world CS Lewis would be alive).  And then in the back, Jesus would be leading Sunday School type lessons, with felt-boards recounting how silly Peter looked when he learned he couldn’t walk on water….

Wait, Jesus in the back?  But isn’t that what we do sometimes?  Were down, depressed, blue, and what do we do?  Take a look at our bookshelves, “Hm, what does CS Lewis have to say about winter blues?”  Or maybe we go to alcohol and drink the blues away right into bed.  Or do you cry out to the maker of your body?  Do you talk to the artisan of the Universe who thought of the idea of darkness and snow before you were born?  Do you ask the architect of seasons who made them just the way he wanted to, and ask him to help you?  The Word of God says, we don’t have things, because we don’t ask.  Are you asking?  Just sayin’.

Join me in recalibrating our worldview, so that God once again rests at the core of our lives, the All Sufficient One, the Gracious One, the Understanding One, the Healing One, the only force in the Universe capable of blowing away the winter blues with the fresh warm air of His Word!!

Perhaps winter is one of those classrooms where God sits at the fringes just waiting, just waiting to teach you, to show you just how sufficient He is.

Iran is pioneering the bio-implant field

Iran is now pioneering the medical front in the area of bio-implants.  Interesting!  Lets just hope their bio-implant store doesn’t have any leak-ins from recently built nuclear facilities.

Doctor: “You excited Ahmed, here is your new eye.”

Ahmed: “Yes, but why is it glowing?”

Doctor: “I guess the plant had a spill from another internet virus planted by those dirty Americans.”

You can read the whole article from here.

One days worth of calories…in one drink!!!

What are we eating today? What happened to lemonade? You know, water, lemon, and sugar!! Or green tea? You know, water and leaves? Take a look at Americas Worst Beverages, as explored by Mens Health magazine! But really now, who is approving this? “Oh look at this heart attack…hmmm looks delicious…APPROVED!” How much money do we spend on food? America cracks me up sometimes…thanks for listening!

#1. Worst Beverage In America. “PB&C Chocolate Shake by ColdStone, 24 fl. oz) is a whopping 2,100 calories!!! The average American male, “ought” to consume that amount of calories in food throughout his day!!!

Sugar equivalent? 30 sugar cookies! Who’s a hungry hippo? Hippo indeed!