Love asks the most important questions (pt5)

by Craig on October 20, 2011

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A glistening Spring day…
my Bible in hand, heading for a pond…to read…
she saw the Bible…
“Are you going to read that again?”

It was new found gold…
I couldn’t stop reading it…
still can’t.

She was certain my faith was a falling star…
path blazing through dark of night…
leaving nothing behind…
one of many distractions…
important only until the next shooting star.

Mamas know their babies…
except…
my eyes…
are still…

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…fixed on that star.

That was when she wasn’t sick. Near the end, body failed, mind hung on, sharp, active, and I had the most important questions to ask her – as she was leaving this earth. This is part 5 of the most meaningful conversation I’ve ever had. The conversation began here. It was my last chance to share the gospel.

But first just questions…just questions…

Mom…

Do all religions pray to the same God (just by different names)?

Yes.  They believe in a supreme power not of this earth.  I don’t believe they are being misled, they are just being trained in their own religions.  I don’t know if they believe in Jesus or the Holy Spirit, but they believe in God.

Oh, the lie believed by so many.

If there is God, and there is…
there exists an Enemy…
he doesn’t want worship…yet…
just to leave us with a lessoned vision of the One True God…

If Jesus only said that all religions lead to God, but not so…

Are people are basically good?

Well, they start good…they change because of the world.

What is the purpose of life?

Being married, having a family, being there for them, bringing them up in a religion (any religion).  They have to be guided, cared for, loved.

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The heart of a mama…
the love on this earth that most closely resembles the love of God.
I so want to jump in…correct…debate…

…to say, “Mom, everything is so broken, acts of selflessness are so unique because they are so rare. A baby’s first thought is only of themselves – and it doesn’t change….”

But button your lips…
no debate…
just listen…
just hear…
just understand.

Is there life after death?

And this one hits core.
Silence first…
searching for certainty…
none found…
head lowered, then raised…
a pause too uncomfortable to maintain…
a sigh…
and…

Well I’d like to think so and believe so. I would like to think that as each one of us passes on that we will see our loved ones who went before us.  I would like that!

Oh mom…

But hush…

just listen…

look…

understand…

know where she is before attempting to meet her where she’s at…

otherwise you don’t know where to aim…

it was the way of Jesus…

follow his steps…

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Cora October 20, 2011 at 9:22 am

I am just holding my breath here! I want to leave my 2 cents before dashing over and reading the rest of the story.

“to leave us with a lessoned vision of the one true God.” That so struck me today. We so often think of “other gods” as idols and statues, etc. But just to lesson Him a little from who He really is. . . that is something I’ve never thought of, but s true — so deceivingly smart of the fallen one to do. And yes, we tend to fall into that deception trap so easily because it seems like “just a little thing.” But isn’t it always the fork in the road ?

Then, “to know where she is before aiming at where she’s at, otherwise you don’t know where to aim. . .” The exact, very pinpoint where I seem to blow it every.single.time. Something in my conversation that goes off the track, out of the ruts of this life before me, and causes the other say, “No, no, you just don’t understand” and the backtracking and frustration begins. This is so good, Craig. Something I’ll never forget.

Off to. . . .

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Craig October 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Cora, I think it’s like the Evil One – like any thief – does his best work in the dark – and I’ve often thought. It’s like somebody stealing money from you in dribs and drabs – hoping you don’t notice – only if you’re really watchful do you notice. The Evil One doesn’t need to have us worship him in order to win – he just needs to distract. And knowing this – knowing it isn’t enough – he still distracts – at least me. He’s smart – we have to give that to him.

And not that I’m an expert – but my first thought when I heard “no, no you just don’t understand.” Was to back up – and and lower any body language, and lower the emotional pitch, and maybe take a step – an actual physical step back, and say – and really mean – something like, “can you tell me where I went wrong – and how I don’t understand – so I can.”

And then not push any further – at least that day ツ my apologetics teacher said one thing I’ll never forget myself – always leave an opponent a way of escape from the corner. And in the end – you and I both have to remember – it’s not us and our cleverly devised strategies that win people over to the gospel – it’s the Spirit. I heart writing for you Cora – I really heart writing for everybody that reads here – and I learn so much – SO much from all of you. God bless you my friend – and my teacher.

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Layla Payton October 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I’m on my laptop, so my pic may not show up, but…it’s me! *waving*

I LOVED what you just said about how “it’s not us and our cleverly devised strategies…” Wow! And the part about leaving a way of escape from the corner…double wow! Really good stuff there. In fact, I may have to share that quote with some of my friends.

What you and Cora were discussing made me think of a song. I’ll post a few lyrics. You can let me know if you agree. 😉

Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade
(“Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns)

Satan doesn’t usually make things black or white here in the U.S.. We are all so politically correct. He uses the gray areas. The ones that look so nice and all inclusive.

“One god in all religions. We were all good at the beginning. Would a loving, true God send anyone away?”

A slow fade into darkness.

I have been confronted with these questions, and all I have to say is…I need to listen more. Learn more about the people who are asking them, and be careful with my answers.

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Craig October 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Layla, first, thank you my friend. And Amen – the Evil One paints in all the different shades of gray trying to convince us it’s not so black-ish but more white-ish. A big Amen. The best lies always have an element of truth – or rather – the most effective ones. and this is why I never consider a post finished until I get to read my comment section and talk with people I heart. God bless you Layla!

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imperfect prose October 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm

craig… you’ve captured the mother heart here. and that first painting? wow. i love all of the texture. and your comment on my post tonight? it made me tear up. you encourage so well. it’s a spiritual gift, i think. bless you brother.

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Craig October 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Emily, thank you – from the heart – thank you. Amber, and you, and Ann – words like yours changed everything about the way I write. And about the encouragement – if I could only get good at encouraging me – I’m not very good at encouraging me. But that’s part of love – and I heart love – so I’m working on it. So Emily, thank you. Thank you my sister. God bless you.

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