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July 2, 2014

Can I be strong and tender?

Ada — What an interesting combination — strength and tenderness. Twila Paris in her song, Warrior Is a Child, talks about the strength we need for the battles we have each day if we have chosen to participate in real life with God, rather than just be an observer on the sideline.

 

“Lately I've been winning battles left and right

But even winners can get wounded in the fight

People say that I'm amazing

Strong beyond my years

But they don't see inside of me

I'm hiding all the tears

They don't know that I go running home when I fall down

They don't know who picks me up when no one is around

I drop my sword and cry for just a while

'Cause deep inside this armor

The warrior is a child”

 

C.S. Lewis in "The Screwtape Letters" also talks about the high cost of an active relationship with God. We become “marked for special attention” by the enemy. We are called to battle, and are promised the strength we need. We are also called to tenderness. We need to operate from a position of tenderness when we assist other wounded warriors. 

Tenderness is also necessary when we talk with those looking for God. 

When someone realizes he/she needs God, or when a person knows he/she needs something, but isn’t sure what it is, it is tenderness that usually gets an audience.

The woundedness we see in other warriors and those laying on the roadside need the same tender and active approach Jesus described in the Samaritan who saw the need, personally cared for the wounds, paid for whatever additional care was needed, and followed up afterwards.

It is interesting that there has been a movement started in England called the Samaritans. It is an organization designed to help those who are actively considering suicide. 

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