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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A HOUSE NAMED CONVICTION

     Conviction. That is what I call a small white house across the street. A friend of mine grew up in that house. It was not a safe place for a little girl. As a matter of fact it was hell. I didn't understand just how bad it was until one night at the end of a Bible study on judgment. Crying, this girl approached me about how comforting it was to know that the father that sexually abused her would face a judgement. Her story is a horrific tale of incest, and other unspeakable acts that only occur in the worst nightmares.
      I was leaving to go to Lowe's the other day and pointed out the house and the man who lives there to Hilary. Our conversation moved from how does someone not kill that man to how does God not kill any of us. And then it shifted into how all sin is a concerted effort toward the same evil, both small and large contributions to Satan and his work. I mentioned that we have to think of sin, even small ones, as giving applause to the things that happened in that white house. Who knows how many times our harsh words have been the spark that started the fire that burned the forest in someone else's life. Sin is often a chain reaction. We have crosswords with someone that is upsetting and then they go home and take it out on their children. Every day that house reminds me of two things. One is that my sin aids the enemy that destroyed a little girls' heart. Two, kind words can rescue those who are trapped in darkness. Dear God, save me from planting in the wrong field and bind my heart to your Harvest. Forgive me. Forgive us all.

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."
Luke 11:23

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