By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Lord, I hope this day is good
I'm feelin' empty and misunderstood
I should be thankful, Lord, I know I should
But Lord I hope this day is good
-Don Williams
Hmmm ...
Yes, Don Williams, I'm feelin' this one right along with you today.
These "lines" keep workin' their way through me ... intersecting and busting in on my meloncholy day and I'm somehow "lifted" by the thought that another individual wrote them before I felt them.
The ability to identify with another has a therapeutic, medicinal value that few things compare to.
Over and over again I make the simple and singular disovery that the greatest form of love we are able to convey to one another is simple identification with one another.
Jesus was exceptional at it;
 He never tried to alianate or isolate Himself from others,
Never tried to shame or condemn others.
Whoops, I take that back ...
He put the proud Pharisees in their place time and again and told them exactly what He thought and where they might get off.
Jesus ... the beautiful wonderful Savior of humanity's woes loved perfectly, beautifully, openly, and unashamedly.
God be praised for songwriters, word lovers, and empathetic "discoverers" and "uncoverers" of human experiences who struggle to articulate life and thought through the whole hard ordinariness of it all.
Mmmm ...
We are never as alone as we sometimes feel ourselves to be,
And the bend in the road is not the end of the road,
Even when it's all the eye sees.
Some days ... we must discipline the lens and ask for the help of others in seeing clearly.
We must keep at it whether we feel it or not.
We must trust in an authority that is stronger than our own and a word more powerful than can be composed ...
And surrender the "empty and misunderstood"
Trusting it all to turn good,
In God's time.
Keep at it and "know" that you're not alone on this lonely journey.
"The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not already know before; but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance."
-Oswald Chambers