Monday, March 12, 2007

Do we need a dictionary?

em·pa·thy (ĕm'pə-thē) n.
Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives. See synonyms at pity.
The attribution of one's own feelings to an object.
[EN–2 + –PATHY (translation of German Einfühlung).]

grace (grās) n.
Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.
The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.
An excellence or power granted by God.
God's undeserved, unmerited favor.

These are simple terms that maybe we use to much and truly do not understand the meaning of.

I just have a few questions that I may or may not know the answer to.....these are just a few of the things that are making me fired up!

Is there a limit on the grace that we are able or willing to extend to people? Is there a limit to the grace that is extended to us from God? Do you we really want to know what will happen if God's grace runs out for us? Do we do things for others expecting something in return? Do we have to make everything about us? Why do we place time limits on people's grieving process? Why do some people think that getting pregnant after a loss is like getting a new puppy that will make everything better? Do we need to apologize for doing what we feel is best for our family, even if others may not agree with it? Why do people have such high expectations of one another? Why do people do things just to be noticed and thanked? Do people realize they are missing the message of the gospel when we make life all about ourselves? Why do I let people hurt my heart so much? Why do I care?

I know these are a lot of questions that I am laying before the throne and asking God to help me resolve these in time....I want to be able to leave the questions that are unanswerable and learn from the ones that can be answered. My quivering heart cannot take much more of is already so fragile.


Sophie said...

I love you- we'll find some of these answers now, but some might come when we meet Jesus face to face. Good job getting this out on paper! Talk to you in the morning-

Kim said...

While I was reading your entry I couldn't help but think of the Mercy Me song "Hold Fast". It's great and a very powerful message. Hang in there, I know it will get better and clearer.
And for heavens sake you better not be painting any trim!

Shanygne said...

Oh, Laura! What's happening? Email me!! And yes, I want the full, uncensored version!!

Love you!

Shanygne said...

OH! And my answer to almost all of those questions is either stupidity or selfishness... ignorance comes to mind, too... yeah, that one about a new baby bineg like a new puppy? yeah, bruns me a bit, too...