Love keeps on helping someone even when it hurts

by Craig on August 17, 2012


Helping someone…

when they’re a “help” porcupine…
is a perilous proposition…
for both the porcupine…
and the helper.

It can be so frustrating…
and there’s no listening…
and then comes worse.

They make you feel guilty…for helping!

I have to be honest – I didn’t see that one coming.

But no being judgmental here. I’m a “help” porcupine too.

I wonder if I make those who help me feel guilty?

Porcupines do that, usually without even trying.

I just keep going back to Jesus when he was at his most vulnerable…
he accepted help offered with love, or because his love was so great…
but interestingly enough…he didn’t accept help with strings attached.

Help can’t have strings attached or it’s self-seeking, buying influence, or exerting control.
All of which are tiny and little known divisions of jealousy and pride…


and not helping

and not love.

And what of You Lord?

You have felt the prick of every little porcupine quill of mine.

You are all justice, and knowledge, and love…
so I can’t make You feel guilty…
but I can hurt You…
and I know I have.

I’m so sorry for everything You’ve tried to for me…

all that I’ve ignored…
left by the roadside…
broken and wounded…
or on the Cross…
bleeding and dying.

It causes You pain, and I’m sorry.
Still, You forgive and forget…You love.

And my “sorry” is cheap…


…because I keep saying it again and again and again.

You are the God of all things…we’re just creations of Yours…
but You made us like You…and these feelings I feel…
these feelings we all feel when we try to help porcupines…
you feel them every day, every second of every minute.

The God of the universe…
vulnerable to nothing…
laying Your heart out for us…
allowing us to hurt…You.

How great is that kind of love?
How undeserved is that kind of love?
How impossible is that kind of love?

Impossible for humans…

not for the Creator of humanity. (LK 18:27)

So today…

I keep helping the porcupine…

and try not to be such a porcupine myself.

and if you’d like…

here’s the rest of the series…

Love helps the five reflections (pt2)

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle August 19, 2012 at 6:33 am

“Help can’t have strings attached or it’s self-seeking, buying influence, or exerting control.
All of which are tiny and little known divisions of jealousy and pride…”

I love the way you bring out the wisdom of Love in your writing. Things that we don’t see, you do (esp in this year of ‘See”). Thank you for this.


Craig August 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

It is SO much all about love – this life. The nuances of love just bring themselves out – not really so much me. But thank you as always Michelle. And oh, this year named “see” – it’s got me a little afraid to name next year. God bless you Michelle!!


Katie August 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

“Help can’t have strings attached or it’s self-seeking, buying influence, or exerting control.
All of which are tiny and little known divisions of jealousy and pride…”

I have known this kind of help so often it is so manipulative and breaks my heart again and again. I am so grateful that God stands with me. Facing my sin with his arm around my shoulder, is us facing it together, love without strings or control…….. just love.


Craig August 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

YUP – manipulation is not help. I am in need of a good deal of help now – mostly there’s not much – from two sources – one has come with conditions I can understand (even if I don’t like) – and the other has come with strings that were more like ropes to strangle me. regardless – I’m sticking to my guns – love just helps in the best way possible – who knows – maybe a random string or two may not be a bad thing – I think the important thing is love helps in the best way possible – I think maybe that’s why God’s help is best because he’s the only one who knows the best way possible. God bless you my friend!


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