He Knows Your Name: Day 29: Lent Journey

26 Mar

9 “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.   10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.  11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew 9: 9-13

Name

Seven days old in the icu tonight

Little baby boy, they don’t want to have to say goodbye

Your mother’s on the phone

Your father’s in the hall

Prayin’ “God,save this life”

He sees you

He’s near you

He knows your name

He knows your pain

He sees you and He loves you

He knows your name

He knows your name

Four doors down there’s a man who just won’t wake up

He crashed so hard

And the doctor’s want to pull the plug

Your wife is by your side sayin’ “Not tonight”

Prayin’ God will just show up.

He sees you

He’s near you

He knows your name

He knows your pain

He sees you and He loves you

He knows your name

He knows your name

Maybe you’re alone

In a corner of an empty house

Or maybe you’re the one

No one notices in the crowd

He sees you

He’s near you

He knows your name

He knows your pain

He sees you and He loves you

He knows your name

He knows your name

He knows your name

He knows your name

NAME LYRICS – FIREFLIGHT

A hospital is a place where we expect to encounter pain. It is a place of the sick and the dying, but it is also a place of healing and recovery.  Even in the midst of terrible pain, you can find hope.

What about the church?  What do you expect to find when you enter a church?  Beyond the material things we expect, hymnals, crosses, bulletins, we expect to see people.  But how do we expect to see them?  Smiling?  Cheerful?  Worshipping?  What about in pain?  Do we expect to see that displayed on a Sunday morning?  The thing is, even if we don’t expect to see pain, and even if we never see brokenness in the smiles, the pain is there.  It is right beneath the surface, waiting to be seen; to be known.

What about at work?  What about when you run errands?  What do you see in the people around you?  Is there something deeper going on with the man or woman who always eats lunch alone in their cubicle?  Is that mother in the grocery story, the one with “misbehaving” children, needing help and compassion more than judgement; is the stress about to be too much?  There are pains and wounds that can’t be seen as easily as those of a physical nature in every person who crosses our path.  Are your eyes and heart open?  Is it you that needs to be seen?

The song, Name, by Fireflight takes us through some painful scenes in a hospital.  It’s easy to identify the pain in these situations, even if we haven’t experienced them.  We expect there to be pain at times like these.  So why do we find it so hard to identify, name, and lift up the pain that is all around us, at all times?

We each long to be seen and to be known.  Thankfully, God sees each of us. He does know us.  He does see our pain.  We can take comfort in that knowledge.  But is there more?

Is God calling us, as His people to more?  Are we not to be His hands and feet; His love for the world?  Should we not be His eyes to see the pain in those we meet?

What if we began to look around and we saw the pain?  What if we asked people their story?  What if we asked them more than their name?  What if we shared our own pain?

Isn’t this how we love our family?  We know them.  We see them.  We know their name and see their pain, and we love them, in the midst of their pain.  We don’t let them walk away to deal with their pain alone.  We help give their pain a name, and help bring God’s hope and healing.

What if the person in pain is you?  Do you want to be seen?  Do you want comfort and understanding?

This is part of the great beauty of how God works.  He not only sees us and knows us, but He calls each of us to be a part of His love.  We are a part of His plan of restoration for all humanity.

  Can we know the names and see the pain?

*Aaron had asked me to bring the devotion during our small group Sunday night.  What you have above is what I shared with the group.  He asked me Saturday night about 9, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to prepare.  We were in the car driving back home from a day in Tulsa, and I was exhausted.  I wasn’t sure how I would prepare anything worthwhile because we had church in the morning, and of course there had to be the Sunday afternoon nap.  What was I going to share?  Literally a few minutes later, the song Name by Fireflight was playing on Air 1, and I knew that God was giving me His answer.  Not only has our small group grown closer as we share the pain in each of our lives, but I knew that I was to share this message through my blog.  The pain is all around, and God wants us to know that He sees us and He is there. He is active and working to bring hope and restoration.  He is calling us to be a part of that plan!

I challenge you today to look around and see those who might be in pain.  Is God leading you to reach out and let them know they are seen?  Does someone need to reach out to you?

I hope you had a great weekend, and I hope you will be here for Day 30!

Gracefully~~Heather

5 Responses to “He Knows Your Name: Day 29: Lent Journey”

  1. leannepenny March 26, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    May we all develop eyes to see the truth and realize need to be seen behind the pretending to be fine.

  2. Peggie Crews Fusick March 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    I thought of Dana and Jordan while reading this today. Update: She is scheduled to be released from Rehab the week after Easter. She walked w/o the walker this weekend with just a spotter beside her.

  3. Margie August 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Please pray for me too. I feel disappointed, sad, not sure. Working as a clerk at church, decided to just unplug myself out 😦

    • Heather Tiger August 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      Margie, I will continue to lift you up in prayer. I hope you have been hanging on to hope and hanging on to Him!

  4. lydia mers August 21, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    if the lord in heavin wants us to pray for all his childeren then we all should do as he says

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