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To The One Hurting Within The Church

You feel no one sees you, you hide it so well.

Your heart is broken, but none can tell.

"I'm fine." you say when others ask,

a smile on your face, on to the next task.

While inside your head voices roll,

Satan's lies stealing peace, take their toll.

Others live life seemingly without care.

You carry a cross you're not meant to bear.

"No one else has problems," he blares.

Thing is, everyone else also masks theirs.

We all have problems, doubts, fears untold.

We must stop hiding, let our hearts unfold.

Open up to each other, let another know.

Let down our guard, put aside our ego.

Reach out to each other, share our pain.

Allow another in so God's truth can reign.

Not judging, belittling, or diminishing doubt;

but give each other permission to "let it all out".

Church should be a place of safe refuge,

the place we seek shelter from Satan's deluge.

To the one hurting within the church,

I pray you'll be bold, begin to search.

Find a person with whom to honestly share,

your fears, your doubts, the cross you bear.

Don't feel you're a bother and must go it alone.

God's body is here, we'll be your backbone.

We'll carry your load, help you along,

until in your heart you hear God's song.

(Jane H. DeLong)

Given by God

July 17, 2019

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT

"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken."

1 Peter 5:6-9

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are."

Reach out to each other, share our pain. Allow another in so God's truth can reign.

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