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I am a witness   Leave a comment

I am a witness.

I’m a witness to God’s goodness and mercy and I want other people to know that he’s real and that he’s good and that he’s love.

I’m not a witness because God has answered all my prayers.  I’m not a witness because I’m the greatest person or the most talented or most blessed or anything like that.  I’m not a witness to amazing, giant acts of God that anyone could see must be God working.  They’re pretty small when weighed against the world.

I’m a witness because although I continue to deal with chronic health problems, as I have for years, what I have found is that somehow he has kept me going through it all.  When I couldn’t get out of bed, he provided.  When I had no hope, somehow the day passed.  He is taking care of me by giving me something to do and the strength to do it, every. single. day.

Can’t say I have what I wanted, but I have what I need, and I wanted to tell you.

Posted September 14, 2020 by swanatbagend in faith, health, mental health

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Come However You Are   Leave a comment

I have been thinking this week of our Savior’s capacity to absorb, absolve and take into himself all of our mess and shame and guilt.

There is no end to it.  No matter how much we are damaged by others, how much we are doubted by ourselves, it is all neutralized by God.  He meets the onslaught of our failures and it does not even slow him down.  This tidal wave of love is not repulsed by our refusal to believe that he covers it all.  He is not remotely disturbed by our disbelief in his mercy and compassion, the compassion that is for us, for you and for me personally.


Come with your regrets
Come with the things you can’t change
Come with all your fears
With all your shame, with everything
Come with the pieces of your bruised and broken heart
Don’t wait
Don’t wait

Whatever pain you’re dealing with
Let me offer this

Come however you are
Come with all your heartbreaks
Come with all the mistakes you’ve made
Lay them down at the cross
Give them to the God who loves you
Hurt, scared, falling apart
Come however you are

–City Harbor


Nothing can separate us from this love, neither life nor death nor the present nor the future.

Nor us, ourselves.


Posted November 15, 2015 by swanatbagend in identity, reflections

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