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Just Because Jesus Loves Us And Knows How To Fix Our Problems Doesn’t Mean He Takes A Shortcut Through Our Grief (via Scott Hubbard at Desiring God)

God sees our tears, and in the person of Jesus he has shed tears of his own.
Our tears matter.
From Scott Hubbard at Desiring God.

When Jesus joined a crowd outside the town of Nain and watched a widow weep over her son’s body, “he had compassion on her” (Luke 7:13). Later, when Mary fell apart at Jesus’s feet over the death of her brother, the man of sorrows went one step further: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). Jesus had compassion, and Jesus wept — even though Jesus was about to speak the word to snatch them both back from death (Luke 7:14; John 11:43).
Just because Jesus loves us and knows how to fix our problems doesn’t mean he takes a shortcut through our grief. The same one who raises the dead first stops to linger with us in our sorrow — to climb down into our valley of tears and walk alongside us.

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Tumbling Sky – Matt Searles’ Album Of Psalms For Weary Souls Free For A Limited Time

To mark the release of his book Tumbling Sky: Psalm Devotions for Weary Souls Matt Searles is making the album which inspired the book available for free download.
The album is a wonderful addition to Searles’ two earlier productions.
The Psalms are chosen this time to reflect the ministry that they offer to those in times of lament or suffering.
I don’t know how long the offer will last.

Go here for information about the devotional book.

Go here for the free music.


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Spurgeon’s Sorrows by Zack Eswine

9781781915387I like Zack Eswine’s writing.
In Spurgeon’s Sorrows Eswine sensitively considers the experience of depression, using Charles Spurgeon’s experiences and writings as a reference point.
Such are the variations in depression I’m loathe to generalise or make it look like there are universal treatments that will bring relief.
It’s not a long book, but it is sensitive and constructive.

Here’s the book’s blurb:

Christians should have the answers, shouldn’t they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, ‘the Prince of Preachers’ experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Zack Eswine brings you here, not a self-help guide, rather ‘a handwritten note of one who wishes you well.’


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You’re Not (via Paul Tripp)

This is from Paul Tripp:

When I’m
Weary and exhausted
You’re not.
When I’m
Confused and discouraged
You’re not.
When I’m
Fickle and unfaithful
You’re not.
When I’m
Doubtful and disheartened
You’re not.
When I’m
Fearful and anxious
You’re not.
When I’m
Short-sighted and fearful
You’re not.
When I’m
Tired and about to quit
You’re not.
When I’m
Lacking in hope and love
You’re not.
When I’m
Shocked and surprised
You’re not.
When I’m
Angrily withholding grace
You’re not.
When I’m
Unfaithful to what I’ve promised
You’re not.
When I’m
Selfish and disloyal
You’re not.
Oh, Lord of
Faithfulness and grace
I am so thankful
That
In those moments
When I’m
Losing my way
You’re not.

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Parker’s Mercy Brigade by Kristen Gilles – New Album Releases Today

a1767379212_2Kristen and Bobby Gilles’ son Parker was stillborn nearly a year and a half ago.
Parker’s Mercy Brigade is an album that speaks of the lament and hope they have experienced.
They have been supported in its production by their family of churches, Sojourn.
The album releases today.
These are songs that delve through experiences and emotions that are not commonly shared by the church gathered or scattered.
Working our way through Psalms on Sunday nights at mgpc it has been obvious how much provision is given for expressions of sorrow by God’s people. This reflects the experiences of life this side of Jesus’ return.
As such this is an album of songs the church benefits from hearing, for comfort, for encouragement, and for the invitation to allow the rawness of life to be present as we worship and encourage one another.

Have a listen.
Perhaps these songs speak to the season you or others are going through.