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Summary: Dealing with adverse situations,physically and emotionally, that cause people to feel alone and abandoned.

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ALONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN II

II Samuel 9:1-13 MAY 19,2002

INTRODUCTION: MANY PEOPLE LIVE IN A STATE OF LONELINESS. PEOPLE WHO ARE BY THEMSELVES, OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM OF SOCIETY WITH NO SOCIAL ACTIVITY OR FRIENDSHIPS OUTSIDE THEMSELVES. THERE ARE A GREAT MANY OTHERS WHO LIVE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF LIFE’S HUSTLE & BUSTLE THAT FIND THEMSELVES ALONE, DISLOCATED & MISUNDERSTOOD. BOTH PHYSICALLY & PSYCHOLOGICALLY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN, ARE AND WILL BE ALONE! FROM THE THOUSANDS OF ORPHANS TO THE MEGA-STAR SURROUNDED BY THOUSANDS; FROM THE HOMELESS TO THE STRUGGLING SINGLE MOTHER, PEOPLE ARE ALONE, DISTRESSED, DEPRESSED, FORGOTTEN, …. ALONE!

LODEBAR WAS SUCH A PLACE. ITS VERY MEANING IS “NOT HAVING” OR PASTURELESS. IT WAS A TOWN FULL OF FORGOTTEN PEOPLE INCLUDING MEPHIBOSHETH, SON OF DAVID’S BEST FRIEND JONATHAN WHO WAS THE SON OF KING SAUL. IN LODEBAR WE WOULD FIND THE LOST, UNSKILLED, UNEDUCATED CAST OUTS FROM SOCIETY. THOSE WHOM PEOPLE WOULD SCORN AT; THOSE THAT WE WOULD PASS BY AND PAY NO ATTENTION TO; THOSE WHO WOULD BE JUST ANOTHER STATISTIC ON A GOVERNMENT REPORT; THOSE WHO WOULD BE SOME PHD CANDIDATE’S DISSERTATION STUDY.

LODEBAR WAS FULL OF ESTRANGED FOLK WITH NO FAMILY, NO JOBS, POVERTY STRICKEN & BARELY GETTING BY DAY TO DAY. LODEBARE WAS FULL OF RUNAWAYS, STREET PEOPLE, ALL WITH A STORY, ALL WITH A BROKEN PAST, SUCH AS MODERN DAY L.A. WITH ITS OVERPOPULATED STREETS THAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY SOME AS “A MILLION STORIES IN THE NAKED CITY”. LIKEN TO MODERN DAY NEW YORK, WITH ITS MILLIONS LIVING ON THE STREETS, THOUSANDS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL. LIKEN TO MODERN DAY MIAMI, WHERE THOUSANDS ARE DRUG ADDICTS, DRUG DEALERS, CARTEL MEMBERS.

LIKEN TO MODERN DAY PITTSBURGH, WITH IT HUNDREDS OF HOMELESS, THOUSANDS OF ADDICTS, THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WITH NO HOME, MURDER, CRIME, DISEASE.

LIKEN TO MODERN DAY WASHINGTON & GREEN COUNTY WITH ITS CROWDED WOMEN’S SHELTERS, ABANDONED YOUTH, POOR EDUCATION, LOW JOB ESTABLISHMENTS, RACIAL PROBLEMS, WHERE EVERYBODY HAS A BROKEN STORY TO TELL, SOME MISFORTUNE TO OVERCOME, WE LIVE IN LODEBAR, WE KNOW SOMEBODY IN LODEBAR, WE WALK AROUND, DRIVE AROUND, & IGNORE LODEBAR!!!

INHABITANTS OF LODEBAR ARE NOT THERE OF THEIR OWN FAULT!

MEPHIBOSHETH WAS NOT IN LODEBAR BECAUSE OF HIMSELF, OR SOMETHING HE HAD DONE. WE ARE TOLD THAT HE WAS CRIPPLED IN BOTH FEET. HIS CRIPPLED SITUATION WAS A RESULT OF A DEBILITATING CONSEQUENCE PLACED UPON HIM IN HIS YOUTH AND NOT BY HIMSELF OR VIRTUE OF HIS BIRTH. HE WAS NOT BORN CRIPPLED! II SAMUEL 4:4 TELLS US THAT MEPHIBOSHETH WAS UNDER THE CARE OF A NURSE WHILE HIS FATHER JONATHAN WAS IN BATTLE & WHEN THE WORD CAME THAT JONATHAN & SAUL WERE KILLED, THE NURSE GRABBED MEPHIBOSHETH TO RUN, BUT DROPPED HIM THUS INJURING BOTH OF HIS FEET FOR LIFE. HE WAS ONLY ABOUT FIVE YEARS OLD WHEN THIS HAPPENED & THEN HAD TO SPEND HIS DAYS BEING CARED FOR FROM TIME TO TIME BY SOMEBODY ELSE, OR LIVING OFF OF THE HANDOUTS OF A FEW IN A DETESTABLE, FORGOTTEN PLACE CALLED LODEBAR.

IT WASN’T HIS FAULT HIS FATHER DIED, IT WASN’T HIS FAULT THE NURSE DROPPED HIM; IT WASN’T HIS FAULT THAT THERE WAS NO DOCTOR WHO COULD REPAIR HIS SITUATION; IT WAS NOT HIS FAULT!


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Rev Frank Raines Jr

commented on Jul 16, 2009

very powerful insight, expressed well, thanks

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