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we need to have a relationship with God

A church is a hospital for sinners and not a museum for saints
And it's not a place for someone to act like something they ain't
We've all been through some heartache, disappointment, 
bitterness and pain
Suffered physical and/or sexual abuse
and mental anguish which has brought forth shame
And it's hard for us to recognize that true healing needs to take place
And that we need to have a relationship with God
To receive His merciful grace
It's been a struggle for many to cope without 
a cohesive family foundation on which to stand
There've been dysfunctional relationships, childhood traumas,
Broken promises and upset plans
Feelings of unworthiness, thoughts of despair and suicidal tendencies
There were probably no true loving relationships nor moments of intimacy
Misplaced fathers, disinterested mothers
Foster care and homelessness
It's no wonder that so many of us feel abandoned,
Stressed and depressed

But I know that Jesus is the source of my strength and with Him I can overcome
Anything that life throws at me because with Him victory has been won
He gave His life for me His blood cleansed away my sins
He is my Saviour, my Messiah, He's my eternal Friend
Joy comes in the morning and the peace of God in me sustains
I now have an attitude of gratitude and a boldness of faith in me now remains 
I'm nothing without Him and now I clearly see
That God is the one who has a plan for my destiny
Yet I need to realize that the choices and decisions that I make in life
Will have a determining factor in whether I succeed or suffer strife

We need to have a relationship with God in order to discover
What it is that we need to spirituality and mentally heal and recover
To know your true self you must also know God
For we are spiritual creations coming from His heart
Yes we have free will God allows us some reign
He only desires to have a relationship with us in His Son Jesus' name
He loves us in spite of our good or bad behaviour
Remember He sent His Son Jesus just to be our Saviour
Don't worry if society leaves you out in the cold
God loves you so come into the Christian fold

We need to have a relationship with God so that one day we may see
What marvellous things that God has waiting for thee
So come into the church and pray that you may one day heal
Tune out the choir of critics and let the Holy Spirit reveal
What God has planned for your life and the path for you that He's arranged
As the church is a hospital for sinners come and be healed from your pain


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  1. Date: 4/17/2015 9:36:00 PM

    Louise.. You certainly make a strong case!
  1. Date: 4/17/2015 9:00:00 AM

    I have been to that hospital on many occasions. That relationship is needed. Great write a 7+ from me. Welcome to the Soup. Much Love