What Does The Bible Say???

the funeral of a man I never met

Tonight I went to a funeral of a friend of a friend. When one hurts we all hurt. I went to support my friend and her family. 

While I didn’t know the man who died, I have known and loved many like him. His story was uniquely his but threads of every addicts story woven throughout. 

Amazing Grace,  wow what a powerful beautiful song. 

Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
T’was blind but now I see

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come.
T’was grace that brought us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home,
And grace will lead us home

Amazing grace, Howe Sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
T’was blind but now I see

Was blind, but now I see.

This man lived through many dangers, toils and snares. And lived his life as best as he could with what he had. And now he sits with the Angels free from pain (both physical and mental). His brokenness is healing in heaven. 

And just as it’s described in Psalm 23:1-6.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord Forever. 

I have always loved this Psalm. It has always made me feel safe and protected and cared about. My favorite parts are: He restored my soul. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies and My cup runs over. 

This relates so amazingly well with recovery…..

He restored my soul……In heaven we are restored, healed no longer hurting and broken. Steps 1-12! 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies……for me this means that each of us is so special to God and He has prepared a table before us. Meaning each of us has a place at the table individually in spite of what anyone else thinks about us. We each deserves and have a place at Gods Table. I see Steps 4 and 10 all over this one. 

My cup runs over……is all about abundance. Abundance of love, mercy and grace. Abundance that I can’t even imagine. Step 12, sharing with others. 

So much to learn and think about tonight from the funeral of a man I never met. I am grateful. 

My journey to serenity continues…..

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