Friday, September 07, 2007

Friday Five: On Overcoming

Sally from RevGalBlogPals writes:

I am preparing this Friday 5 just before I take Chris into hospital for a cardioversion, right now we are all a little apprehensive. But this whole thing has got me thinking, so many of us are overcomers in one way or another, so many have amazing stories to tell of God's faithfulness in adversity. And so I bring you this Friday 5...
1.Have you experienced God's faithfulness at a difficult time? Tell as much or as little as you like...
Many, MANY times God has been there in the hard places. A broken engagement. A church staff position which was so disastrous for me that I was convinced I had no gifting for public ministry. The death of my father. Worries during health scares. Struggling with life decisions.

In each situation, just at the right time, God gave a picture, or a snippet of a Bible verse, a phrase of a song. And, as I needed it most, frien
ds to listen and walk beside me through me. (Some of you are reading this - you know who you are... thanks again for being faithful!)

2. Have you experienced a dark night of the soul, if so what brought you through?
Resting. Waiting. At times, ceasing from my usual pursuits and activities in order to hear God more clearly. Pouring out my heart in writing, and in song at the piano. Many boxes of tissues and good chocolate!

3. Share a Bible verse, song, poem that has brought you comfort?
It's a toss-up between "Haven't got time for the pain" by Carly Simon and "The Valley Song" by Jars of Clay. Here's part of the lyrics...
Suffering was the only thing that made me feel I was alive
Though that's just how much it cost to survive in this world
'Til you showed me how, how to fill my heart with love
How to open up and drink in all that white LIGHT
Pouring down from the heaven
I haven't got time for the pain
I haven't got room for the pain
I haven't the need for the pain
Not since I've known you...

Jars of Clay
When death like a Gypsy comes to steal what I love
I will still look to the heavens I will still seek your face

But I fear you aren't listening because there are no words
Just the stillness and the hunger for a faith that assures

I will sing of Your mercy
That leads me through valleys of sorrow
To rivers of joy

4. Is "why suffering" a valid question?
If it isn't, then a whole bunch of folks in the Bible must not be "biblical"! Start with Job... David... Jeremiah... even the Pharisees (when they weren't being duplicitous...) I would say that the human race has always experienced it and always will until Jesus comes back!

5. And on a lighter note- you have reached the end of a dark and difficult time- how are you going to celebrate?
Same way I made it through - with songs, people and chocolate!


Sally said...

excellent 5 Deb- I love the pictures and the songs- as for chocolate....

Mrs. M said...

Isn't Carly Simon great-- thanks for sharing that.

And I really appreciated that you shared both about the broken engagement and the church staff positions-- both things that somehow spoke to me, and I was encouraged because you were nurtured through them. Marriage is tricky right now,and I'm really struggling with ministry. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Ann said...

Great play - I'm with you on the chocolate!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I always just love your post!

revhipchick said...

wonderful play! i love that carly simon song and the lyrics to the jars of clay song are great as well--now i'll have to find and listen to the actual song.

wonderful play! blessings.

RevDrKate said...

Wonderful play. WIth you on the virtues of Carly and chocolate!

Rochelle said...

What would we do without chocolate =). I absolutely love the pictures you chose to accompany your responses--they speak a story too. Thanks for sharing.

Songbird said...

I sense a chocolate theme here...

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

ooh i'm craving some ghiradelli right now... isn't a box of kleenex, good friends, and chocolate a holy trinity unto itself?

mompriest said...

OH, yes, of course chocolate. And, I had forgotten all about that Carly Simon song - really a good one.

Love the pictures, too.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Ditto HLC on the kleenex, good friends and chocolate being another holy trinity.

And that Carly Simon song rocks.

zorra said...

I really like the lyrics of that jars of Clay song--thanks for posting that, and the quote from Julia Ward Howe, too.