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I Can’t Get Over It

A recent episode of Deadliest Catch showed the reaction of fans to Russell Wilson’s interception in the final minute of last year’s Superbowl.  The crew of the Northwestern based out of Seattle could not believe the Seahawks opted to pass rather than rely on their patented running attack.  When you are only one yard from tasting victory, its hard for individuals to get over this heart breaking loss.

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled, Hebrews 12:14-15.

It’s one thing to lose a game, yet in life there are several disappointments people encounter that can linger.  These scars are like bad dreams, nightmares that don’t go away.  When you add emotions into this equation, human nature can be unforgiving.  Thus, the next time you try to console someone who is hurting, don’t be surprised if you hear, “I can’t get over it!”

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice, Ephesians 4:31.

Storybook endings are usually something you see in the movie theater or at home as a rerun.  While this feel good conclusion may bring tears of joy, the rest of the world is stuck in the past, unable to move on.  Tempted by bitterness, frustration and a wounded soul, some feel better venting rather than cope with the issue at hand.  Before the voices of your past drag you to indulge in another pity party, may the love of Christ help you get over it by moving on with the rest of your life.

by Jay Mankus


Feeling 4 the Feeley’s

Sometimes in life, we have to put aside our own needs and extend a helping hand to someone else.  This morning I am reminded of the Feeley Family who laid to rest their 23 year old son last night.  Galatians 6:2 says carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Joe Sr, Joseph’s father is a man of character, faith and passion.  Although, when you lose the apple of your eye, as Joseph clearly was, each day without your one and only son must be difficult.  Therefore, I ask the entire Christian community, to carry Joe Sr’s burden today and for many weeks to come.  May the words of Psalm 34:18 be fulfilled in Joseph’s dad, that the Lord will be close to him and renew his crushed spirit.

As for Karen, Joseph’s mother, she has been a biblical example of faith, like Job.  On Karen’s Caringbridge site, she has poured out her heart, revealing the biblical truths God has shown her through these last 3 years.  If anyone can claim Galatians 5:25, it was Karen, who was led by the Holy Spirit day by day.  Like Job, the Feeley’s have lost almost everything during their quest to care for their son.  Therefore, I ask the Christian community to pray that Job 42:12 be fulfilled in their lives.  That God in His almighty power, will provide and restore the finances lost, on Joseph’s cancer treatment.

Finally, I ask you to lift up Jullian, Joseph’s little sister and Janie, Joseph’s girl friend, who stood by him to the end.  These 2 woman have suffered greatly and have sacrificed their time to love and support Joseph.  In their moment of sadness, pray that Isaiah 40:31 will be fulfilled in Julian and Janie.  When you think of the Feeley or see them in person, remember the words of the apostle Paul in Galatians 5:6b, “the only things that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”  As you feel for the Feeley family, show them the love of Christ in their time of need.

by Jay Mankus

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