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Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)
TITLE: A Moment Or An Eternity
By Coleene VanTilburg
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Our children begin their eighteen year journey, (now it is past twenty-five or thirty with this generation)through all the growing up years and we will experience every one of those emotions again and again as well as some other more negative emotions. Disappointment, frustration, sadness and embarrassment are commonplace when you are a parent. Sociologically speaking, there are families that will experience emotions of loneliness, hatred, anger, denial, and co-dependency. Unfortunately sometimes, those spill over to the next generation. As Christians, we know that sin not only affects the sinner, but those within touching and feeling distance as well. We are all sinners, and Christ came to set us free from that bondage.
With that said, I would like to share a story about parenthood and one of the above mentioned emotions, embarrassment.
It was about two years ago and our son Tim, was twenty-four at the time. He was under our care because physically and emotionally he was incapable of holding a job or being on his own. He had suffered from a kidney disease and complications of blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolus), since he was four years of age. He was always in chronic pain from years of kidney medicine which weakened his bones, and his chest always hurt. Emotionally and unfortunate, but not a surprise; Tim developed an addiction to pain medication along with severe anxiety.
For us as parents, it was difficult to have a "life" outside of our jobs because of Tim's needs and demands. Hospital emergency room visits were a normal routine in our week. My husband and I though, decided to take a Wednesday night class at church to help with our finances and budget. It was a great opportunity for us to be together away from our "reality" and to grow and learn in practical Biblical principles, fellowship, and grow in the Lord.
One night as we were at our meeting and sharing, our son Tim finds us in the classroom and demands our attention. He is in full-on panic attack mode, not holding much back. He had manipulated a ride up to the church to find us. His need for the E.R. and an I.V. was greater to him then any need we may have had. We were embarrassed, humiliated and apologetic.
What we had forgotten for that few minutes though was something very important. We, as Christians, share in the Body of Christ. With us in that room were people who loved us and could see our pain and Tim's dilemma as well. We are not meant to be an island unto ourselves when dealing with difficult situations, but to pray for one another and build each other up without the fear of judgement or rejection. Indeed, this is what happened and we were encouraged and loved and I praise God for a church body who exemplifies Christ and His compassion.
Our son Tim, went to be with the Lord almost five months ago now. When I think about that small moment in time when I was embarrassed, it is nothing compared to the joy I have and the peace God has given me to know my son Tim, is with Our Heavenly Father. Four days befors he died; the last time I was able to speak with him in the hospital, he sang me a quiet song, "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I am found; was blind but now I see." Amen.
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