Regaining Our Identity -- By: Alison Vorlicky

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 40:0 (NA 2008)
Article: Regaining Our Identity
Author: Alison Vorlicky

Regaining Our Identity

Alison Vorlicky*

Most, if not all of us, have heard the saying, “I got stuff, you got stuff, we all got stuff.” I do not know about you, but when I hear that saying, there is a part of me that chuckles because I know that to be true, but there is another part of me that inside says, “If anyone really knew how bad my stuff was, I would be alone journeying through life by myself.” There are people around us, in our congregations, seminary, even in this room, that are broken and wounded and at the depths of their souls they are crying out for help, for attention and for someone to notice that they are in so much pain. People search and search for a place, person or thing to trust, yet they fear letting anyone into that dark place of their soul because of the rejection, condemnation and judgment they might face. No matter how discouraged a hurting person is, there is a small sense of hope inside and they pray for a day or even a moment in which they can breathe and be freed from the pain. They pray for a day where they know they will be dwelling in safety.

Today’s message is called “Regaining our Identity,” and before I read you the passage from Psalm 4, I would like to take a moment to pray. Lord I ask that your Holy Spirit would dwell upon us today and that as I deliver the message you have laid upon my heart that my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ would be able to discern and hear your voice, your truths and the hope that you bring. I pray that you open our hearts and our minds to a message that is challenging not only spiritually but emotionally for some people. I pray Lord that you would open our spiritual senses so that we might be able to see life and your love through a new perspective and through a new lens. Lord camp your angels around us, protect us and bind the enemy from this place. We praise and thank you Lord. Amen!

The Psalms are a collection of songs, prayers and poetry that express the heart and soul of humanity. The Psalmists pour out their true feelings, confess their sins and express their fears and doubts to God. They ask God for help in times of trouble and they show an expression of praise and worship to Him. As you read the Psalms, you will hear the laments of believers. You will hear them crying out to God from the depths of their despair and you will hear them singing to Him in the heights of celebration. The Psalmists do not hold anything back when speaking with God. You will always hear their honest feelings and you will see how God comforts them in their struggles and times of distress. You will see how God has brought them to new heights of joy and praise as they discover His unfailing and ever...

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