This Sunday Morning's Message
I recently read an article by Jen Wilkin in Christianity Today titled "No Desolate Women." It really impacted me! She wrote about the tragic story of Tamar in II Samuel 13. In her article, she quoted Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: GOD will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." She bemoaned the fact that we tend to "skip over" the uncomfortable parts of the Bible. Wilkin said, "Her (Tamars) story is common. But telling her story is not."
After reflecting on that quote and reading the entire article, I thought, "This topic would 'fit' right in with our message theme for October: Be Real." So this week's message is titled "Being Real With My Shame" from II Samuel 13, and deals with the subject of the sexual assault of Tamar. The story is tragic, but it is still played out over and over again in our modern day culture. I wanted to let you know ahead of time, because there are some of you who have experienced the spiritual and emotional damage caused by sexual assault, physical abuse, verbal abuse, or sexual abuse.
This message will not major on the subject of abuse. Nor will it contain graphic stories of abuse. Rather, the message will focus on the subject of the toxic shame that is the result of abuse. I sincerely pray the message will help victims in their recovery from shame caused by the abuse by emphasizing their value in the sight of GOD. The message will offer steps to spiritual and emotional healing based on GOD's Word. I pray GOD uses it to impact the lives of victims as well as equip us to help those who have been victimized.