The problem isn't…..

The problem isn’t guns.

Or abortion

Or gay marriage

Or divorce

Or terrorists

Or democrats

Or republicans

Or global warming

It isn’t the education system

Or affordable health care

Or Facebook and Twitter

It’s a heart problem.

Hearts that refuse to share, care, give and open.

Hearts that would rather blame and name than accept and forgive.

Selfish hearts whose vocabulary seems to repeat a single word over and over: Mine.

Too simplistic, this notion the problem is in our hearts?

“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” 1 John 521

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Forgive us, O God.

Forgive your people who have let pride, selfishness, hate and greed take your place in our hearts.

Forgive our motives that are marked by political jargon and self-advancement.

Forgive our church talk that sounds like ‘we’re in and everyone else is out’. 

Forgive our complacency.

‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’ Acts 13:22

“Don’t keep looking at my sins—erase them from your sight. 10 Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires.” Psalm 51:9-10

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

15 thoughts on “The problem isn't…..

  1. joseph elon lillie

    Amen if we can just realize this truth we can stop fighting each other and defeat the real enemy, sin, through the power of the cross.

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    1. Debby

      So true, Joseph. My heart just hurt for what happened inside that church last week and it still hurts when I hear all the talking heads expound on the “problems” when the problem isn’t an outside job but an inside one. We all bear the burden of this. You remember that old song…”let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me“. The church in Charleston is leading the way of forgiveness. May God have mercy on us all.

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      1. joseph elon lillie

        Amen and may we stop blaming outward circumstances and begin to look to the evil within that it may be finally and effectively dealt with.

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  2. joseph elon lillie

    Reblogged this on Lillie-Put and commented:
    What’s the real problem?

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  3. joseph elon lillie

    Reblogged this on Lillie-Put and commented:
    What’s the real problem?

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  4. Annie Rim

    Forgive our complacency…. Debby, thank you for putting my complicated, messy feelings into a beautiful prayer. I needed these words.

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    1. Debby

      Me too Annie. A struggle for me often.

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  5. Annie Rim

    Forgive our complacency…. Debby, thank you for putting my complicated, messy feelings into a beautiful prayer. I needed these words.

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    1. Debby

      Me too Annie. A struggle for me often.

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