Thursday, August 02, 2007

Ocean City, MdBizarre and Disturbing

According to the Press in an article, Search of Md. mother's home complete, the investigation continues but the search of the home is complete. One of the investigators made a seemingly unfitting statement regarding the evidence that was gathered, “"Nothing they got was a surprise," he said without elaborating.”

Somehow that statement does not fit with the circumstances. The entire scenario is surprising, shocking, abhorrent.

Regardless of the cause of the deaths of these little babies, who would imagine the mother keeping the remains as this woman has done? This is very surprising and shocking. As Pr. Chryst at Preachrblog in his post The Latest Abortion News... comments, “Mostly, though, the whole thing just makes me sick.”

It is interesting, that the first conclusion that most everyone assumes is that this woman deliberately ended the lives of her unborn children. We do not yet know. Nevertheless, whether or not she caused their deaths, she is a very troubled person. Why would she act as she has? As Scott Scofield comments at The Latest Abortion News..., this is a matter of aloneness. He points out that both our society and this woman express this aloneness. Society by its method of reporting the “news” and this woman by her abhorrent actions.

Truly this woman must have felt very alone to act as she did. To whom did she feel that she could turn? Whether she killed her babies, or whether she lost her babies through neglect or even circumstances beyond her control, she acted out her sense of aloneness.

Certainly she is not alone. By the way, she does have a name, Christy Freeman. But she is not alone in her aloneness. She has an entire cosmos filled with people who daily face this same aloneness, this separation from the good and complete identity with which the human race was created. Every person living on the earth encounters the awareness of this horrible and hopeless loss of the image in which we were created. No one knows by nature where to turn.

But the Lord God has intervened. He has sent His Word to the world so that no one needs to perish alone.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3:16-21)

When we “do the truth” we come to the light that our “deeds may be made manifest.” Doing the truth is more than merely acknowledging the truth. Doing the truth is living the truth. How can this be done? How can anyone Do or Live the truth? The answer is clearly stated in the Scriptural quote above, “they are wrought in God.” The truth is not done by what we do, but by what God does. When God joins us to Himself in Holy Baptism, when He urges and commands us to eat His body so that He renews us in Him and to drink His blood so that His forgiveness and life are renewed in us, the truth is done in us. Then we find that no matter the circumstance, no matter even how badly we have failed to live according to the truth by our own efforts, we nevertheless are not alone, for we are living by the mighty power and working of God, living in communion with Him.

This is what Christy needs to hear. This is what we all need to hear. In the Holy Communion that Christ has established on earth for us, we truly are not alone, for He comes to us and does not leave us as orphans. He provides for us the sanctuary that we so desperately seek for ourselves. If only we will stop seeking for ourselves and stop trying to build safe havens for ourselves, then we will set aside all of our own works and come to the light, where the deeds of Christ are made manifest, and we see that all things are worked in Him for us. Then we have nothing more to hide but confess openly our own unworthiness so that we may freely receive without any hindrance the truth of God’s gracious love and presence. Then we are safe and at home.

1 comment:

Scott Scofield said...

Paul, thanks for the citation - and I'm in complete agreement with you that very often we (me) can assume much, mistakenly, based on 20-second sound-bites in the media. Stories such as the one you posted about invariably contain far more information then we will ever be party to. While still tragic, I should reign in my rush to specific judgement about anyone involved. Thanks for that reminder - and for the substance of your post.