Here’s some of the many parts that didn’t make it into today’s preach……
Gerald May, a brilliant Christian psychiatrist wrote this;- “Honesty before God requires the most fundamental risk of faith we can take: the risk that God is good and that God loves us unconditionally. It is in taking this risk that we rediscover our dignity. To bring the truth of ourselves, just as we are, to God, just as God is, is the most dignified thing we can do in this life.”
Brennan Manning said it this way:- “The Christian community resembles a Wall Street exchange of works wherein the elite are honoured, and the ordinary ignored. Love is stifled, freedom shackled and self-righteousness fastened. The institutional church has become a wounder of the healers rather than a healer of the wounded.”
Too many Christians are living in the house of fear and not in the house of love!
In his book Mortal Lessons, Richard Selzer MD writes, “I stand by the bed of a young woman where her face post-operative is in trouble. Her mouth is twisted in palsy, somewhat clownish… A tiny twig of the facial nerve has been severed. She will be this way forever.
The surgeon had tried to follow the curve of her flesh, nevertheless in the courageous and effective removal of the cancerous tumours, a nerve had been severed. Explaining this to the young husband in the room was quite something. No imminent risk of death, but permanent disfigurement.
Selzer says it this way: There opposite me they are in the evening lamplight. They gaze at each other fondly and with such tenderness. They look generously and perhaps even greedily. The young woman speaks. ‘Will my mouth always be like this?’
‘Yes’ I reply, it will for the nerve was cut.
She nods and is silent in the pained acceptance. The young man finds a smile…..
‘I like it’ he says…..’it is kind of cute!’
And then says Selzer, the most beautiful moment unfolds:- free of us all watching he bends to kiss her crooked mouth, and I am so privileged to see….how much he contorts his lips to accommodate hers to unforgettably assure her that their kiss still works.