Dealing With Disappointment

Recently I read a study that said people spend more time daydreaming about what they “should have done,” or “might have done,” than they do thinking about what they are actually doing in their present life. It would seem that even Jesus thought about what he “might have done” when he lamented in Sunday’s Gospel: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem….How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”

This touching lament made me think about what it must have felt like for Jesus, especially at the end on that cross. Everything he had hoped to accomplish had seemingly failed, his own people rejected him, the most learned of his community mocked him, his family thought he was crazy, one of his disciples betrayed him, another denied him, the rest deserted him. His hometown crowd literally tried to throw him off a cliff.

How amazing to have a God who was willing to live as one of us, willing to experience the rejections and disappointments we all experience. “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief to bear,” the old hymn goes, “We should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer.”

Amen! Mother Candace+

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