Thy Life Is a Miracle September 18, 2017
“Thy life’s a miracle. Speak yet again.”
Wendell Berry writes of a scene in Shakespeare’s play King Lear where a proud man is left destitute and tries to leap from a cliff to end his life. Through his son’s clever trick his life is saved. His son then tells him, “Father, thy life’s a miracle. Speak yet again.” The point that Berry makes is that this amazing line serves to pull the man out of his despair and “into the properly subordinated human life of grief and joy, where change and redemption are possible.”
Everyday Good Samaritan Ministries’ counseling rooms are filled with people looking for a glimmer of hope in the wreckage of their lives. They ask, “is there something worth saving here?” Though each story has its own twisting and turning plot, the human pattern that emerges is clear: man is fallen and without Christ, there truly is nothing worth saving.
Perhaps that’s why we need to despair of our pride, despair of our self-righteousness and despair of living our own way.
A wise friend of mine reflected on this recently: do you know of the scripture where we are instructed to cut off our hand if it causes us to sin (Matt. 5:30)? Could the deeper implication of Jesus’ radical statement be more to cause us to ask the question “is it my hand that caused me to sin?” Should the knife be pointed at my hand, or rather my heart? If my sinful heart is the source of the pain and woe in my world, then it would only be by turning the knife upon my heart that I could truly rid myself of sin. Perhaps this is why the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
It is here where we come to the end of ourselves and to the crux of the gospel.
It is here where the miracle happens.
From all the destruction that we have wrecked on ourselves, our spouses, our kids, our friends, and our world, God sends a redeemer.
This is the essential difference at a Christian counseling ministry: we believe in your redemption story.
Counselors at Good Samaritan Ministries are trained to see the people who come into the counseling office as those waiting to receive the gift a redeemed story. This causes us to have great hope for you, even when you struggle to see any yourself. We look at hope with each tragedy because we know that heaven’s perspective is that all that satan meant for evil will be turned to good by a gracious God (Gen. 50:20).
What Shakespeare appeared to know was that our redemption story would come in a way that we wouldn’t expect. Maybe you’re looking at your life thinking that God can’t possible redeem all the pain. When you come to see us at GSM you can bring your whole story – painful as it is – and be met by counselors who believe that your life is a miracle waiting to happen.0