Today I returned to a journey I started long ago….
Meeting with others, sharing stories, talking truth…
Some people would say this is opening “Pandora’s box” –
It will let out all manner of troubles.
I’ve peeked inside this box before then shoved the lid back down tight,
Ran as fast as I could…
Tried to “unsee” what was seen.
Always figured I’d seen enough of what was in the box…
Dealt with what I saw and moved on…
(But not so fast…)
Troubles still arise uninvited.
Connections made to the things that crawled out of hiding long ago.
I have not outrun them as successfully as I had hoped.
(Perhaps hope was the problem?)
No one else in my gene pool had managed to outrun these things….
Some people sing “Blessed be the tie that binds….” –
In my biological family it was more like
“The chains that bind won’t go away.
You can’t escape what people say….
You’ll never belong so don’t even try…”
(But the story is not over……)
There is a God who saw me in my weakness,
He saw me in my trouble and loves me-one of the “least of these”.
This changes everything…I mean everything!
Trouble is not new to Him.
The Man of Sorrows, acquainted with grief…
The Shepherd who searches for one lost sheep
The Master Potter who fixes broken vessels-
Restores them and makes them usable….
Hope is the answer – His name is Jesus
And He is mending my soul.