Reflections for Sunday, August 27, 2017: Stop the Tears
“A true friend sees the first tear…catches the second…and stops the third.” –Angelique Arnauld
“The task of God’s people is rooted in Christ’s mission. Simply stated, Jesus preached the good news of the kingdom in word and in deed, so the church must do the same. And as we have seen, Jesus particularly delighted in spreading the good news among the hurting, the weak, and the poor. Hence, it is not surprising that throughout history, God’s people have been commanded to follow their King’s footsteps into places of brokenness.”–Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself
“The first act of love is listening.” –John R. Finney, Ph.D.
“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” –David Augsberger
“Brokenness forces us to find a source of love outside ourselves. That source is God.”–James Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered