What Happened?!

Sat, October 23, 2021

Dear Crossroads Family & Friends,
What happened to you?” blurted out the young bank teller to the horror of his colleague nearby.  “If you don’t mind me asking, of course.”  I didn’t mind and appreciated his curiosity and candor.

After laying low earlier this week, I’d noticed lots of stares and looks away when I’d finally ventured out.  I’d expected this since I had a sizable, angry-looking, vertical wound stitched up on my forehead and blackened right eye.  I answered him with options…

  • Bar fight.  You should see the other guy.”
  • Packers-Bears in Chicago. It got a bit rough after.”
  • Halloween costume.  I got kind of carried away.”
  • Skin cancer.  I’ll be diligent with sunscreen now.”

He guessed correctly, though part of me wished he hadn’t, and we had a good laugh together!

Anyway, God’s great account of Joseph in Genesis reminds us we’ve all had unwanted things “happen to us” that caused painleft wounds, and provoked us to despair, anger, bitterness, and/or other powerful reactions.  God truly understands and wants to help us heal from such wounds so we can move forward into a good future serving as a imperfectscarred conduits of God’s love and grace to people all around us!