“Mercy in the Middle”

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The song in the video – “Ask Me” by Amy Grant has served as an incredible sense of encouragement and hope to me in my recovery from childhood sexual abuse. I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to it, over and over again, celebrating the hope and freedom Jesus has brought to my life over the past few years. My favorite line in the song is towards the end where it says,

“He’s in the middle of her pain. He’s in the middle of her shame. He’s in the middle…….

Mercy in the middle.”

What it means to me is that our God of mercy brings comfort to us in the midst of our deepest, darkest moments (see II Corinthians 1:3-4). I’ve come to believe and know that God was with me, bringing mercy and comfort to me when I was locked in a closet as a 7 year old enduring the horrors of sexual abuse. He was with me through years I kept it a secret. He was even there with me when I chose to medicate my pain in so many unhealthy ways. He was with me in 2005 when I finally began the process of working through and overcoming the horrors of my past. Every step of the way God has been there with me bringing “mercy in the middle.” And God can do the same thing for you! No matter what you have faced in your past or face in your present, God is there with you bringing you “mercy in the middle.” No matter how painful or shameful your situation may be – YOU ARE NOT ALONE! God is there with you ready and able to lead you out of the darkness. It won’t be easy and it will take a lot of hard work but not near as much work as it takes to live with shame. Trust me, it is so worth it! Freedom is a beautiful thing and you too can live in the freedom God has for you. If you need professional help check out The Heart Matters counseling center. These are the people who led me out of the darkness! I’ll leave you with a prayer I pray daily:

“God send your mercy in the middle to the abused and addicted still suffering alone. Use me to lead them out of the darkness.”

I’m praying for you!
God bless ya – Runks

  • Monica Boyd

    AWESOME BLOG!!! I LOVED it!! It really spoke to my heart. I pray God's blessings on you as you seek out those that are hurting.

  • Monica Boyd

    AWESOME BLOG!!! I LOVED it!! It really spoke to my heart. I pray God's blessings on you as you seek out those that are hurting.

  • Monica Boyd

    AWESOME BLOG!!! I LOVED it!! It really spoke to my heart. I pray God's blessings on you as you seek out those that are hurting.

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  • Isaac Addison

    Just got back from Super Summer at ETBU and God really worked in me through you! thank you very much! Your honesty and experiences made it easier for me to surrender to God. Keep doing what you are doing!

  • Dogz2008

    You r so amazing. I just git back from deep freeze where u speaked and it helped me soo much . I had a friend cery close to me that killed himself and i have been going through a hard time latly but u hilelped me so much understand GOD amazing ways. I realy hope i can get a chance to get a chance to hear u speak again sometime

  • Mindi

    Do you have podcasts!? I’ve heard so much about the sermons you’ve done and they all sound moving and powerful.