Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Without You

I spent nearly an hour on the phone this evening with my friend Susan, a woman I met when she was at the rehab facility, whom I became friends with, whom I visited for months when she messed up and went back to prison, and whom I helped to get on her way to a new life in another city. Susan thinks she has to be my caretaker sometimes. She worries about me too much. And admittedly, I find I tend to discount some of her words of wisdom.

When I got off the phone with her, I returned to completing the lesson I will teach to the rehab ladies tomorrow. I came across this verse from 1 Thessalonians 5, vs. 19-22: "Don't suppress the Spirit, and don't stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don't be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what's good. Throw out anything tainted with evil."

God puts many people in our lives and they have important things to say to us. We should listen and weigh their words against what we know to be the truth and what we hear the Spirit saying in turn. Some of these words are nuggets of gold; others can be thrown away. Those that bring us closer to God, we should embrace. Those that create barriers, discard.

I think this is a rough transition, but something has me reprinting the words to a song by Big Daddy Weave called "Without You." I suppose its a sentiment that friends of faith will help us to rediscover from time to time.

Would we hear the sound
Of breathing in the dark
Where would be life’s spark
Without You
Would the birds ever sing
Would the wind blow through the trees

Could we touch the grass so green
Under this big sky so blue
Without You, without You

And the sun doesn’t shine
And my world stops spinnin’ round
Without You, without You
Tell me where else could I ever find
The peace that floods this heart of mine
Without You, without You

Who could fill, the emptiness inside
Who would ease the pain, in my broken heart
Who would come in and abide
Promise never to depart
Without You, without You

The song ends with a powerful line: "I can't live without you, would not even try to, live one more moment without you. Without you. Without you. Without you."

It seems that God is either everything or nothing to us. And we have to decide. Every day.

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