Friday, March 21, 2008

I Can't

This weekend is probably the most important celebration of the Christian faith. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God's Son, and our Savior.

There is an old song that says, "And when I think that God his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in. That on the Cross, my burdens gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin."

I would like to share a few lines from the script I wrote for our musical. I hope it conveys my feelings about such a gift we have been given in Jesus.

"Can you comprehend the kind of love that prompted Jesus to leave heaven’s glory and the adulation he received there to come into this sewer called Earth? And, not only to live among us but die for us!

I can’t.

Can you comprehend the kind of love that would prompt God to send his Son into a backbiting, self absorbed, God hating world, to people who were more likely to use his name as a curse than acknowledge him as their Creator.

I can’t.

How could God love us that much?"

I can't comprehend it but I believe it to be true. Do you?

May we all embrace this astounding love, Gloria


Anonymous said...

Dear Gloria,

I wanted to extend my gratitude for conveying your thoughts with others in the form of a blog. As a member of FBCH, I noticed your link in the bulletin but kept getting to busy with my own daily activities to read what you wrote. Your words have meant so much to me I can’t even begin to express my thankfulness. Personally, I have a pretty dysfunctional family myself. I don’t see much of them anymore. However, I sit in church week after week praying to God for understanding, because I look around and see families attending worship together and husbands having their arms wrapped around their wives, during sermon. Don’t get me wrong I’m truly blessed, however, you always think to yourself nobody will ever understand you because no one will ever know where you have come from. I never knew the complexity of your life. Furthermore, all the trials and tribulations you have gone through .I must always avoid jumping to assumptions for I always thought you had a very “easy” life. For goodness sakes, you ALWAYS have such a bright huge smile every time I say hello to you and well you are the pastor’s wife. Your words have been an inspiration because you don’t let your past define your future. I no longer feel self-pity because I know others go through difficult times too but its ALL apart of God’s master plan. Again, thank you for sharing and continuing because you are touching more lives than one. God bless you and your family on this very blessed day. Happy Easter!

Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...

Dear anonymous,

I find so many people have wounds from their past. How wonderful that God is able to heal them and not let them dictate our future!

God bless you!