Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

This may be a strange post but I have been thinking a bit of pain and loss lately.

The pain has been stemming from the degenerative arthritis in my knees. I must confess the pain sometimes reaches the point of being excruciating. I walk with a limp, I have to prop my legs up on my computer box at the office just to make it possible for me to serve through the day. Sometimes I bring a cane with me to work. By God’s grace I haven’t had to use it too much. Now, I need to tell you, in the last 20 years of my life, I have hardly ever been sick. So this pain is quite a change for me. I have prayed, people have prayed for me, I have been doing everything my doctor says I should, and still it persists. But the strange thing is, at least to date, I have not become frustrated or angry about it. I feel this strange peace that I can’t explain, other than it is the peace of the Lord.

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not looking for sympathy. It is just that experience physical pain in my life has been a rare thing. But it does make me think. I am no saint, but I keep wondering about the pain our Lord went through. I think of his time in the garden just before He was arrested. The agony of his prayers to His Father can break your heart if you really let the Word sink in. Jesus knew that on that cross, He would be totally alone. “My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me.” What a cry of agony! Yet he bore the pain for you and me. Honestly, it makes me just cry out to the Lord in thanksgiving and gratefulness for his suffering on my behalf. I have often asked, why. Not, Lord why am I in pain, but why Lord, did you choose me to be your child! It is probably a fruitless question. God is God, and He does what he does for His purposes. I verse that just takes my breath away is Ephesians 1:4. “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.” That phrase “before the foundations of the world,” gets me every time I read it. I can’t really can’t fathom a God like that! It blows my mind, as we used to say back in the day. While I don’t grasp it fully, the verse does say that God chose me to be His child before he even created the world! We take the depth of God’s love so lightly. I just want to humbly fall at His feet in worship Him.

I pray that we at Stonepoint will be known as a people who love. Jesus said that His disciples would be know by the world because of their love for one another. I am new to Stonepoint, but I am being totally honest when I say that for all the years I have been “in Christ (44 years on April 1st), I have never attended a church that I have enjoyed attending as much as this one. I just sense the Spirit of the Lord here. May we never lose that!

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