Monday, July 30, 2007
We're visiting Joe Joe's family now, having a good time in Western KY. This morning we sat out by the lake and dreamt/thought/prayed about what's coming. Because I (Michael) don't do so well with things like sympathy and empathy, I'm a little worried about what I'll say and do when faced with extreme suffering and issues like AIDS and severe malaria. We read a story from the book of Job this morning which helped to prepare us a bit... Job was a godly man that was brutally attacked and stripped of everything (family, possessions, health) but his life. When everything went down and he began grieving, his friends came and for 7 days wept and mourned with him (way to go friends). But then they failed as friends and told him that he'd better shape up because he had obviously done something wrong. Job basically told his friends what he needed from them, and this is where we can learn how to talk to people in suffering (if we feel the need to talk at all). He asked them to share hope, kindness, and not to presume guilt (job 6:11-30)... for me, that's a great start, thanks Job!!
Did we mention the lake is beautiful?
Swahili word for the day is ziwa which means lake.