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Bitten

Bitten

By on Mar 24, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Imagine a hamster – cute, furry, endlessly running in its wheel – now imagine a pregnant hamster – teeth, fury, aggressive and unapproachable. Now imagine a young child full of compassion, nurture, not really knowing the hamster was pregnant – blood….. I am told that at the time my daughter was brave and relatively controlled. Back at home things were a different story. As she spoke these words ‘I picked up the hamster and IT BIT ME THROUGH THE FINGER’ her composure had changed from quiet misery to complete hysteria. Usually prone to bouts of irritation and impatience at times such as this I received grace to understand the situation.  She was expressing delayed shock and self-preservation, mixed with a little ‘injustice’ seasoning. The rodent’s lair clearly wasn’t a safe place for my daughter to try and understand her emotions. Life didn’t stack up that day and home was the place for release. Psychologists may have a slick mechanism for describing this type of affectivity but for me it’s simple. You’re living life, you get hurt, you need a safe place for release and search for it. In my life experience I can’t recall anybody I know who hasn’t gone through, or isn’t presently going through, this process. The hurt is usually different for each of us but its source is the same: a world fallen. The crux comes when we search for release mechanisms found in that same fallen world. Mankind needs something from beyond a quick-fix no-substance cycle often offered as a 21st century solution. At this point our ecclesiastical ‘spidey sense’ should be going into arachna-drive. Someone wrote once that because Jesus had come and brought all things into cosmic unity, the church He founded is now the manifold wisdom of God present on earth. This suggests we are the living embodiment of the solution to so many people’s hurt. We, amongst whom God dwells, are the safe place for release into freedom so many people need in our community. Nobody’s told them that either. With reluctance and grim openness I face a difficult truth. The further I move into the church the less amenable I am to model the truth I have just written. ‘Sure,...

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