We weep with those who weep …

February 25 at 9:00 PM · 

GRIEVING OF THE DAY … no matter how the great issues of the day resolve, there will be those who grieve about the end result. My heart goes out to those who grieve, and I want to weep with those who weep. But … life will go on. After a while, that is; not just yet.

Some thoughts on “weeping with those who weep” are below.

Marks of the True Christian
Romans 12:9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice,

weep with those who weep.

16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[i] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

He who fears to weep should learn to be kind to those who weep. (Abu Bakr)

Pope Francis: “Only when we are able to weep about the things that you lived can we understand something and answer something.” He acknowledged that “the great question for all is: Why do children suffer? Why do children suffer?” But he finds an answer not in the head, but in the heart. “Only when the heart is able to ask the question and weep can we understand something.” https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/faith-and-justice/pope-francis-if-you-dont-learn-how-weep-youre-not-good-christian?fbclid=IwAR3LD7K1II6F-BjYrBm3oeubZu91yvBMhwu4KM2Xk6kmmg2m_9cZJUbKrbo

Abraham Lincoln: With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the (denomi)nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all …

 And … Andy Adams: “After several amendments and attempts at other amendments, the One Church Plan was defeated by roughly 386 in favor and 436 against – a 50 vote differential. You could hear a pin drop. Being in the front row, I could see the disappointed reaction of many bishops who had touted the plan as their preferred way forward for the last year. Nobody moved – no celebrations, no outcry. Just silence. The truth is, nobody celebrated because nobody won. There has been a collective sense throughout this General Conference that regardless of the outcome, there are no clear winners. Everybody loses. Such was my perception after this vote.

But work continued. ” https://pastorandyadams.com/2019/02/25/gc2019-update-3-1-an-emotional-day/?fbclid=IwAR28rPeF8bMv6vQBU46kKzirKTym2tiZ2H77kpx3NxA1NmCk6SHNYG1i5q8

David Oliver Kueker I shared this elsewhere …
I hope everyone would be thoughtful and prayerful before making large decisions. To not act out of anger or anxiety, but wisely.
Jesus took 40 days to fast and pray at the beginning of his ministry. And the devil stopped by, even then, to tempt him.
Grief is emotional and heart-wrenching. If you feel as bad as if someone has died, you would be wise to consider the advice offered to widows and widowers: no major decisions for a year.
Let the dust settle. And then if you wish to shake the dust off your feet, may God bless you on whatever path you choose.

David Oliver Kueker Just a note, and likely to be missed by many, buried here at the bottom of these comments – I have been weeping with those who weep for three weeks now. I have empathy for anyone who weeps, but there is a limit to which I can put my own life and work on hold in order to make your pain the center of my life. It’s not harsh, just the simple truth.
So – I’m reclaiming my time so that I can fulfill my calling, do my work and live my life. I hope you will be able to do the same.
One reason why I believe it is time is that I find that I’m repeating words I’ve posted before to the same folks, over and over again. My codependency drags me into the Karpman Drama triangles of others (who aren’t actually listening) in the hope of helping them find peace, which is a form of sobriety. I need to release people who aren’t listening to live their own lives as a part of my recovery to the addiction of codependency.
If you found my words helpful, you’re welcome to read them again. They are still there.
I hope they were helpful to some.
And I hope that those who didn’t listen to me will find the help that they need somewhere or from someone. I’m probably not that someone.

David Oliver Kueker A friend has reached out to me, concerned that I am struggling.
Actually, just as a widow or widower reaches a point of allowing life to go on, I’m letting go of my three weeks of trying to help others with their emotions following GC2019 and getting on with my life. It’s a good thing.

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