Skip to main content

3 Poignant Reminders: The Man of Sorrows

  He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
 
It is Well.  Horatio Spafford, a successful attorney lived in Chicago with his wife, Anna and their five children. In 1870, their four year old son passed away from scarlet fever. A year later, the Spaffords lost all of their real estate investments to the Chicago Fire. On November 22, 1873, the Spaffords set sail for a trip to Europe absent Horatio who was tending to business and would join his family later. The steamer that held Horatio's family was struck by a British iron sailing ship and the steamer sank within twelve minutes in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Anna was rescued and when coherent, telegraphed Horatio stating, "Saved alone. What shall I do?" It was at this juncture that Horatio penned the famous hymn---It is Well With My Soul.
 

photo credit: Kristofer Williams via photopin cc
It is Well With My Soul

The Truthful Response. What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of grieving for YOU? When recently asked this question I responded by stating that, "So, honestly, I have been telling people that grief is one of the things I really hate this side of eternity. I absolutely hate it. There is a deep ache, physical ache inside of me that if I choose to dwell on this, it's sort of always there. I think the worst thing with grief is that we are left with an emptiness that we know is not right, it's not supposed to be this way." Grief is a complexity of emotions that I detest. Many are suffering and grieving around me and they have been on my heart and mind day and night for prayer. What I didn't realize is that I would be going through grief and loss of my own at the same time. I am not even going to pretend that we all understand the grief each one of us is being asked to endure at the moment. So what of all this?

Three Poignant Reminders.
  • Isaiah called Jesus a Man of Sorrows who was acquainted with grief.
  • The Savior endured much grief; we most certainly are not immune.
  • The Man of Sorrows, acquainted with grief is attentive to our personal grief. 
  • The Man of Sorrows will one day take away the sorrow that often consumes our whole being.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Part 2 ~ Miracles: Impossible?

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.  Luke 1:31 Miracles: Impossible? Remembering David Hume's definition of a miracle from the last post: "[a] violation of the laws of nature; and because firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the case against a miracle is--just because it is a miracle--as complete as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined to be." 1 If we take a look at Hume's definition of miracle, at first glance, it would seem as if he is declaring miracles to be an impossibility because they cannot violate the laws of nature. Is this really what Hume is attempting to argue? Hume taught "that what we call the laws of nature are simply an account of what has happened up to the present plus a belief that the future will continue to be like the past."2 According to Hume, we observe what has happened and we believe, or shall we say, take a step of faith to believe that wha…

Close Calls

For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him? Deuteronomy 4:7
Sound of the fury or two terriers. There was a time when we had two terriers who were not always fond of each other. Though they were small, they were feisty. I was walking through the kitchen one day when the one terrier upon seeing the other, decided that this was her time to shine and leave her mark. The pearly whites of her teeth began to gleam as she lifted her lip in utter disdain and latched on to her "companion" and would not let go. The usual verbal threats masked in the growling and snarling were not part of this fight; however, the sheer determination to defeat the opponent and win were certain. To say that I was concerned was an understatement. After quite a while of trying to pry the dogs apart and loosen the clenched teeth without success, I finally blurted out, "Jesus, help us!" It was at this exact moment that the one dog release…

Common Ground: The Road Less Traveled

The Presence of God. Ruth and Naomi found themselves in very trying circumstances after each suffered the loss of a husband and the inescapable grief that accompanies death. Scripture gives us a snapshot into their lives and we get a glimpse of the strong bond of friendship that took place between Ruth and Naomi. Was it the deep sense ofgrief that brought these two women together in a way they had never experienced before? Perhaps these women were drawn to each other because they knew they were “alone” in the world. More importantly, the presence of God is evident by Ruth's response to her mother-in-law. Ruth reminds us and reminded Naomi of God's presence.
The presence of God is the bond that unites our hearts as brothers and sisters in Christ.
photo credit: B Gilmour. via photopincc
Mutual Commitment. Naomi urged Ruth to go home to her mother in Moab hoping that Ruth would find another husband. Ruth refused to leave Naomi; she was committed to Naomi and committed to serving Nao…

BG Badge

BG Badge
Bible Gateway Blogger