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When Christ calls us, he bids us come and die...to go one's way under the sign of the cross is not misery and desperation, but peace and refreshment for the soul, it is the highest joy...we do not walk under our self-made laws and burdens, but under the yoke of him who knows us and walks under the yoke with us. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Things Hidden

Posted by: Mike McCloskey on January 8th, 12:13 PM. 6 Comments

I ran across Bill Zeller's story yesterday. Didn't know of him previously, but reading his suicide note - uncovering his past of being sexually abused and the soul killing fallout in his life was sobering. I was reminded once again that we simply don't know what darkness and hemmorhagic pain lurk behind the eyes of those around us.

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  • By: Beti on January 8th 12:50 PM

    I read this story yesterday. I posted it on my FB page. There was so much in it. It looked like Mr. Zeller had the "American Dream." I wondered about his parents, his view of God and Christianity. He used the term darkness and evil quite a bit. I wondered about this girl he dated. I wonder how she is feeling? I wondered about the man/men? who did this to him? I wonder about remembering every day such evil? Remembering is powerful. Sometimes we chose not to, because it is too painful to make "life work." I wonder about the honesty and dishonesty in such disclosure. How to forgive? Forgive evil done to me, but also the evil I do. I usually remember what others do to me, but don't like to be as detailed and honest about what I do to them. Humbling how much I need the cross.

  • By: 0 on January 8th 1:44 PM

    That is the most heartbreaking story I have ever read. I wonder what would have changed for him if he were able to talk to someone (truly). It makes me think of the Catholic view of confession and how it is a consolation and is joy-producing. The whole time reading that I thought "why didn't he ever come to Christ for relief of pain?" Now I know why: the God/gospel he saw modeled was not loving and was maybe more about rules. Sad, so sad. Thanks for sharing.

  • By: Mike on January 8th 2:16 PM

    The idea of confession struck me as well. Being known is something that seems to be at the core of life.

  • By: TJ on January 8th 4:23 PM

    extremely sobering...vivid description of the deep struggle of all humans (with varying degrees of damage) and the deception of the evil one - hopelessness. 'I was reminded once again that we simply don't know what darkness and hemmorhagic pain lurk behind the eyes of those around us.' I agree and am silenced...

  • By: 0 on February 14th 11:52 PM

    I ache for the Cross.

  • By: 0 on February 14th 11:52 PM

    I ache for the Cross.



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