2014-12-02 - Abandonment
As most of you know, our family recently had the joy and privilege of adopting a rescue dog. She is so special, and it's hard for us to understand how someone could do this — but her previous owners (they certainly weren't a family to her) abandoned her, on the street of a crime-ridden area. For the rest of her life, we plan to lavish love and attention on her (and nutritious food, as she was emaciated, when she was picked up by Animal Control).
Sometimes we Christians, even longtime and seasoned ones, feel abandoned — by God, family and / or friends. Sometimes there are tensions and problems with both family and friends, and sometimes we wish we could choose some of our family members, as we are privileged to choose our friends, or allow them to choose us!
Sometimes a friend may misunderstand what we say (or vice-versa), jump to wrong conclusions and confuse things and cause stress. And as one of my friends has said, being misunderstood is sometimes the most difficult thing of all. Or we may disagree with them on an issue that is vital to us, and subsequently, we find that friendship torn asunder.
But if we are Christians, we are never truly abandoned. It's okay to feel that way sometimes. Even the Psalmists and Christ the Lord, Himself, felt that way at times (For example, see Psalm 22:1 and Mark 15:34.
But even though we sometimes don't feel His presence, and even though we may have rifts in our most cherished friendships, both Christ and also our true friends, do still care about us, and will be there for us and with us, "through thick and thin." As Solomon reminds us, and is quoted in Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
Especially in this season which should be about Christ's love for us, and our reciprocal love for our fellow man, I challenge all of us to look around our lives, and seek to be a friend or even a family, to someone(s) who need us.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.