Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Cries of the Broken

Jacob's lungs are "very sick." Like the last blog said, he has confirmed burn damage on his lungs. The lungs do have the ability to heal themselves. We are just waiting now for the lungs to get better. Who knows how long it will be.
Pray for his rest. And pray for his lungs, that they would find complete healing. Jacob is breathing with broken lungs... the comforting part is he is at least still breathing. And pray for my family, that we would camp on the fact that it is a miracle that he is alive.

PLEASE READ: There will be a benefit concert held for Jacob on the 22nd of this month, featuring a local band called Samaria (one of Jacob's friends is a member of the band). Doors open at 7. $12. At Santa Cruz Bible Church. It should be an amazing time of community and prayer. There are already tons of people helping out and offering their support. It is truly amazing what is happening. Pray that God makes this a time of incessant prayer and longing and crying out for Jacob, and that WE ARE ALL BROUGHT CLOSER TO HIM THROUGH THIS NIGHT. Pray that it is a night of the community coming together for the sake of love of God and each other. ALL THE INFORMATION IS HERE: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=99494029639&ref=mf
Especially those of you in the Santa Cruz Community, please pass along word of this event to all whom you know. Hopefully we will get a digital copy of a flyer that we can circulate.

There is so much I could say, but I have no idea where to begin. The Kingdom of God is huge. It is crossing social lines, political lines, ideological lines, religious lines, psychological lines, etc. Use your imagination: It breaks down ALL of the barriers that we erect in order to feel that we are safe in our own little kingdoms, safe in our own worlds where we are right and those who don't agree with us are wrong, where God loves us because we say the right things, make the right motions, are theologically astute, because we attend a church building on sundays, and because we somehow feel that we have adequately professed belief in all the right things. What would happen if we really got it into our heads that this is not what the Kingdom of God is about? In fact it is far from it! It is a literal engagement, an intimate friendship, a deep knowing of the Creator of the Universe who has stooped down, made himself like us, because he WANTS to be with us! If we really believed this, the world would change. (And I'm not just speaking to Christians here).
I think of Jacob in that hospital bed with tubes running into seemingly every pore. God made himself even worse than that. God became human. The Divine filthied himself. He put himself in such a horrid state, that while hanging on the cross, Jesus felt rejected by God. "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" Have you ever felt forsaken by God? Jesus can identify with that.
God is mourning right along with us for what has happened to Jacob. For all of the confusing, stupid pain that we have in our lives. That is how much he loves us. He isn't trying to get our attention by inflicting us with blows, like Job's friend tried to convince him. God isn't waiting in some etherreal place with his arms crossed for us to finally realize that we need to escape to him. HE COMES TO US. He looks deep into our eyes, past all the grime, muck and filthiness, and sees the good in us. The love in us. The longing in us. And he comes to us for that, despite the fact that he has to dirty himself to get there. Even though Jacob is physically broken, God comes and envelopes him in his arms.
We know that Christ came for the broken, for the social outcasts, but we don't quite take it far enough. He came for those who were spiritually broken. For those who didn't even know where to begin in a relationship with God, who felt abandoned by God because they were considered "cursed by God" by those who considered themselves religiously and spiritually astute. But God literaly came right into their lives. He loved them so much that he became like them. He took up their burdens with them.
O, God I ask this for Jacob. Take up his burden. We praise you for being here. Though we are unholy, we are in the midst of the holy. Yet how can you be holy while associating with the unholy? That is how we know you love us - you make yourself unholy. Yet somehow in all that prove yourself to be holy because of your mind-blowing love.
Every night before I leave Jacob's bed I ask God to take something from me and give it to him. After writing the above paragraph, I realized something even more humbling - like Christ did for us, I want to take up Jacob's burden. But I can't. I am helpless. And so in exhaustion and release, I fall gently backwards into the arms of my Creator. And Jacob is laying there right next to me.

As we are a community, however vague our ties are... take up each other's burdens. Reach out and extend our community... that annoying person at work. The bum on the street corner. The awkward neighbor. The spiritually destitute, who have been labeled as failures. Do not entomb yourself in an ivory tower of intellectual enterprise and social domination. Humble yourself. Bear with others in love.

Jonah cried out from the belly of the great fish:
"I am driven away from your sight; Yet I shall look again upon your holy temple."

We may feel forsaken by God. The truth is, he has never been closer. Even though we are destitue, driven from his sight, we still have the choice to look to him, to his dwelling place. Which, because of Christ, is with man.
Revelation 21:3: Behold, he dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be is people, and God himself wil be with them as their God."

Fire is coming
Our hearts are ablaze
The agony of love
In a beautiful face

Descend upon Jacob. Consume his spirit. Envelope his heart. Breath your breath in his lungs.
Lord, this is going to take a long time. I lay it before you.



Heidi said...

Here and continuing to be praying for Jacob and the whole family tonight.
Heidi Mackie :)

Rebecca said...

Just want you to know that we are holding you and Jacob up to God through the night. God we ask you to do the work no one else can do to heal Jacob's lungs and make him whole. I pray that your word will direct reality and cause his lungs to work. Even while his lungs struggle, we know that you can oxygenate his blood and fuel his body so we ask that you intervene in whatever capacity you choose to meet his need. While he rests in unconscious sleep talk with him, calm him, rescue his heart, mind and spirit. We trust Jacob to you tonight, and tomorrow, and...
Family, God give you strength and rest - Becky

Diana said...

I read these verses the last night and wanted to pass them on to your family.

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests. - Psalm 20:1-2, 5

Know that you are all protected by our mighty God, the God of Jacob. We will all be rejoicing with you as we hear each little piece of good news.

Mari said...

Was reading tonight..."Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy." Psalm 126:5
Praying, weeping, believing for Jacob tonight

Debbie said...

Just woke up, with Jacob on my heart and so I began to pray. I pulled up and read your latest blog. Thank you Robble for sharing such words of life, wisdom, hope and instruction. God let us have eyes to see and ears to hear YOU.

As I was praying for Jacob, God put this scripture on my heart;

Ezekiel 37:3-5 (New American Standard Bible)

He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, only You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.'

"Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, 'Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.

Lord I pray, in your name...and say to Jacob's lungs, muscle and the innermost parts of his body that only you see, "hear the word of the LORD" that YOU may cause YOUR breath to enter Jacob, that these places in him may come to life.

In Jesus name.