March 2015

I can say with 100% confidence that we have all made at least one decision based on feelings.  I am also just as confident that some of those decisions, just like my own, ended badly.  And with the passing of time, it was discovered that the feelings used to make the decision were wrong.

A motto that I have lived by for many years and that was birthed out of a rash of wrong decisions is “feelings are not fact.” It has become some of the best advice that I give myself.  It really is a great rule of thumb for all of us to live by.  However, I have recently wondered what happens when feelings are fact.  How should one react when the way you have been feeling is confirmed to be a fact?

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While at church a few Sundays ago, our praise and worship team sang “Bless it be the Name of the Lord.”  When our praise team got to the lyrics “He gives and takes away” I had to stop singing.  All I could think of was that I was declaring that God gives His blessings and He takes them away.  I spoke to our praise team leader afterwards and shared my thoughts as well as why I couldn’t sing the rest of the song.

That conversation made me research the origins of the song.  I discovered the song writer, Matt Redman, wrote the song soon after 911.  Matt Redman stated that “the spiritual and emotional climate of the times was an important factor in the birthing of this song.”  The nation was looking and needing to find an answer to the destruction that 911 caused not only to our land but to our hearts and souls.  Many turned to God for those answers and found peace in His presence.

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