What do you hear from that? Simple and burden-less, like you can unload and not feel ashamed?
Sometimes when I visit a church they have what’s called prayer and praise. There is nothing wrong with saying “praise God” for this or that, or if somebody needs prayer for their illness or surgery, and that’s about as far as it normally goes.
But I was troubled at the thought today that no one says anything that’s going on within. Like I’ve been really having trouble this week emotionally and could use support, or I’ve been struggling with this pride issue, or such and such habit has taken over my life and I could really use some help, etc. The list is endless and I wonder why no one says anything about it? A favorite comedian of mine shared how she once dealt with depression by going to a mental health facility. There was a weekly meeting that was going on called “Group.” Everybody sat in a circle and would say something like, “Hi my name is So and So, and I’ve been doing this or that, and I came here because I need help, etc.” After that, the leader simply says, “Thank you for sharing, next.”
It’s frightening to feel alone and vulnerable, and even worse when you think people, especially in the church, will look down on you for having a very human dilemma, and simply tell us that we’re supposed to toughen up and get over it. Little wonder why very few are brave enough to come out and take the risk of speaking what’s really on their hearts. How freeing it would be to just hear in the Body of Christ, something more along the lines of, “Thank you for sharing, and it’s okay. You aren’t looked down on for that problem. We’re family.”
Till Jesus wills it,