After RZ: Resources for The Road Ahead

If you really want to comprehend and are committed to this NEVER happening again then you are in for a long road through a swampland of shame. Here …

After RZ: Resources for The Road Ahead

This blog post is well worth reading and saving. It describes and links to the best resources that I know of regarding sexual abuse and trauma.

A reminder for difficult times

I needed to hear this today:

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:3-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Some thoughts today

A few Bible passages have been going through my mind this morning:

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭18:22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:11-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Over the past years, I’ve grown increasingly disenchanted with self-proclaimed prophets who seemed to act more and more like fortune-tellers. I’ve had a few “prophetic words” spoken over me that struck me as ear-ticking and ego-flattering rather than a message that would help equip me or accomplish anything in keeping with the Ephesians passage I just quoted. And there’s been at least one “prophecy” about me that seems quite false in retrospect.

False prophecies do great damage to the Church. Attempts to explain them away do great damage to our credibility and to our witness. Claiming they really did happen, only not in the literal sense in which they were prophesied — that just makes us look like crazy people. (I’m reminded of a prophesied earthquake that never took place, only to have the “prophet” claim it actually did “in the heavenlies”.)

“What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: ‘So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.’”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Where do we go from here?

“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭141:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

May we walk in humble repentance.

Lord, have mercy.

Should I take the COVID vaccine?

Back when I was making vaccine decisions for my children, people kept urging me, “Do the research!” Ironically, the people who tended to say this the most emphatically were usually those who did not follow their own advice, but I digress… Often these same people would also recite various pro-science slogans. While I didn’t agree with their passive approach (“I’ll just assume my doctor or the woman at CVS has already done my research for me.”) I did find their advice and slogans compelling.

And I found this video a helpful resource. It pointed me in the right direction for how to follow some of the science — and how to access information about the clinical trials and studies conducted on the COVID vaccines.

What we know and don’t know about the vaccines

Spoiler alert: thus far, I haven’t been able to find any studies that indicate the vaccine has been tested on people my age, with my co-morbidities. (In fact, it seems to have only been tested on a carefully selected group of healthy individuals between the ages of 18-55.) I prefer not to take vaccines without evidence of their safety and effectiveness. It’s that whole “follow the science” thing.