Monday – August 26, 2013; Hebrews 3:14— 16

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need

During his campaign speeches, one of our former American Presidents used tell his audience: “I feel your pain“; then he would then go on to tell them that he had grown up relatively poor, and had to work hard to get to where he was, and that due to this struggle, he understood what the average American was going through just to make ends meet and raise a family.

I am not sure about the former President, but I do believe that God feels our pain and knows our worries, because Jesus lived as one of us,  We know he grew up poor, and in a land foreign to him and his family; he had to struggle throughout his life faced with many of the same economic, social and religious challenges that we may face today.

God knows what it is like to be a parent, to love and care for His children, and how much it can hurt when they are in pain, get into trouble, or go astray.

Having lived as one of us, and having had the experience of watching a son struggle with life on life’s terms, and them to lose him to violence and injustice, I believe that God truly does understand how hard it can be to live in this world, and to be a parent, especially a single parent, who is having to do so much on their own.

Out of this experience, I believe God has compassion for us, and surrounds us with grace and love, and the support of the people in our lives.  It is my belief that like any good parent God wants us to be happy joyous and free, and weeps with us when we are weeping, but also laughs with us when times are good.

Yes, God feels our pain, and has put people in our lives who also feel our pain, so that we can help each other get through the tough times of life, and be better parents for our children!

Let us Pray:

God, thank you for your love and compassion, and for always being with us both directly and through others.  Please help us to share our experience, strength and hope with each other, as we face all of life’s challenges as single parents, seeking only to do the best for our children.

Amen

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