First of all - Happy 140th Canada Day, July 1, 2007
Just as a brief update to my Harsh Words post.
How interesting my response has been. I wrote about it and three people commented with very consistent thoughts and opinions. I also sent my post as an email to a friend that I often turn to for advice. She is a very thoughtful and prayerful person, so I tend to listen to her a lot. Her response was very much the same as the others.
I love consistency. Especially with regard to the Word of God and how to be a Christian. Sometimes (well, most times) I just want a straight answer. Depending on the people, if all arrows point in the same direction, than that usually means that's the way to go.
Generally, out of love, I have a duty to my friend to share my concerns. That the experiences of my past may help others as well as myself.
I think I knew this. But I think I needed a nudge.
Then GUESS WHAT happened? My friend started coming to these realizations on her own, out of the blue. I couldn't believe it. She was sharing and I was confirming, that yes, these were valid concerns worth exploring. Man! Not everything, but enough to get started. I'm hoping there will be more conversations this summer that I may be able to "point out or mention" and she won't shoot the messenger.
Guess God had His own agenda (imagine that) and although He and I were on the same wave-length, I needed to wait for His time-line :)