Rustlings (February 8, 2016)

I never thought it would happen to me. We never do. In the course of my ministry, I had gracefully accompanied numerous individuals as they navigated the messy waters of divorce. I never dreamed I would one day have to wade through those same waters.

There were some who supported me even though they did not or could not understand. There were others who at best challenged me – at worst judged me – often with selective scriptures in hand. Of course, I knew these carefully selected verses all too well and needed no one to remind me of the soul struggle precipitated by this chapter of life. And while the church offered me a measure of grace – the same grace I had offered others who experienced this crisis – it did not offer a perspective on scripture that could support that grace. So, in the middle of my crisis, I picked up my Bible again and was gifted with an understanding of God’s story that revived my life story. I discovered a biblical perspective that reassured me of God’s understanding and God’s continued care in my life. It is this biblical perspective that I would like to share with you as you struggle through your own separations or walk with others through theirs.

The Stephen Ministry of First Baptist Greenville has asked me to share with them my story and biblical perspective on Sunday afternoon, February 21, at 5:00 pm in Carpenter Chapel. They are inviting the congregation to attend, listen, discuss, learn and maybe discover something to strengthen your life…or to share with someone you love.

— Jim