Memorial United Methodist Church
Sunday, February 23, 2020
God's Love Grows Here!

  You Too!  Me Too!

 

At the weekly CR meeting, in the bulletin, you will find a quote from C.S. Lewis, “What you too!  I thought I was the only one!  Frequently people say, “I’d go to CR except I don’t want people to know I have struggles.”  Implying they are the only one with a struggle; see if you can find a person with a hurt, habit, or hang-up similar to yours …

I married a wonderful woman who I know God made just for me.  But when she needed me most, when she was faced directly with a dilemma, I did not come to her rescue.  I was not the man God made me to be for her. I feel overwhelming guilt.  Adam

I have a great husband, and we had two children, two boys.  They were very different, but we loved them both.  We brought them up to love the Lord.  We did not deal with their sibling rivalry, and a Mother’s worst nightmare happened.  My eldest son murdered his brother, and now he has been sent away.  I will never see him again.  My grief is overwhelming at times.  Eve

I love the Lord and always tried to do precisely what he told me to do, even when it seemed crazy.  But, I have a ruinous alcohol problem. I got so drunk my kids found me passed out and naked.  Now I can’t even face my kids.  Noah

I was adopted, although I knew my biological mother.  I have a bad temper, and because of my anger, I killed a man.  I have low self-esteem, continue to struggle with who I am and what I can do.  Moses

My brother is a great preacher/leader, and I enjoy being his right-hand person.  But, I have such a problem with being a people pleaser that when he was away from the ministry, I let, and actually lead, the congregation into heresy.  Aaron

Everyone thinks I’m a great guy, and it seems that I have unbelievable success.  But at times, my depression gets the best of me, and I find myself asking to die.  Elijah

I struggle with co-dependency.  I know when I should say no, but I can’t help myself.  I go along with the things my husband asks of me that I know are not fair or safe.  Sarah

My Mom was a great Godly woman.  I was raised to know better, but I married a non-believer, and now I am struggling with being unequally yoked.  Samson

As a young boy, I spent my time outside, praising God.  My life changed, and I found myself on top of the world.  I had it all, but I spent too much time looking around at what my neighbor had.  I used all my power to get what he had.  Now I have to deal with the death of my son.  Thank goodness, God forgave me.  David

My marriage is a disaster.  Hosa

I don’t have any self-confidence, and I doubt everything, I find it impossible to trust.  Thomas

I am so co-dependent that I spend my day worried about making sure that I do everything to make everyone happy and get everything done.  Because of my co-dependency and anxiety, I don’t make good decisions.  Martha

I had the best biblical training from the best teacher!  But I still make bad choices.  You may not believe this, but I actually denied my Christianity three times.  Peter

Yes, I’m still a work in process.  At one point, I adamantly denied Jesus and was even part of a group actively fighting Christianity.  Now, I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  I am in full-time Christian Ministry, although I still have struggles.  I don’t know why, but I continue to do what I know I should not do.  Paul

What mask are you wearing?  How is that mask affecting your life?  CR is a place where we, all, have struggles, and we, all, rely on God’s healing power.

Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins,

I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.

Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!  Isaiah 1:18

Cheryl Gowin   Dennis Gowin