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Lisa Duffy’s Daily Reflection

There are so many people these days who are suffering silently through their troubles and feel completely alone, even in the midst of a group of people. Why? Because they are afraid to bring their problems out into the light so they can get help.
 
They are afraid of being judged by others or are ashamed to admit they do not have perfect lives, especially when others might look like they have perfect lives, themselves. So often, no one knows what is going on until it is too late, and the problem cannot be helped. This happens frequently when a divorce occurs… people suffer in silence because they are ashamed of what has happened.
 
But God has a unique love for those who are suffering. It may appear that the way to get God’s attention and favor is by being perfect, but the truth is quite the contrary! The more broken and sinful you are, the more passionately God is loving you.
 
The gospels tell us that Christ was incessantly criticized for associating with the tax collectors and other known sinners. Even when a sinful woman came and washed His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair and anointed Him with expensive perfume, Jesus was criticized for allowing the encounter to happen. But Jesus told us that those who are not sick do not need a doctor… He comes to those who are suffering. He is the divine healer! Do not hide your suffering and problems from Him; allow Him to heal you by giving Him access and control to all that is troubling you. He will care for you and heal you because He loves you!
 
Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little. – Luke 7: 44 – 47
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