I spoke at a church in Peoria Friday night. As I was preparing my thoughts, I decided to take a walk through Laura Bradley park. My house is about 4 blocks from the park, so I listened to the new Brandtson CD until I found myself in a large open field that seemed suitable for the task-at-hand.
I took my headphones out, expecting a peaceful silence. Instead, I heard a guy screaming at the top of his lungs: "You F&@#n B!@#h, I #$% hate you and your @#$% lies!!" He preceded to scream into the phone for 10 minutes or so ... I'm assuming targeted at his significant other ... and he often repeated himself.
Needless to say, it was pretty difficult to work on my talk in this environment ... but as he went on I felt my heart breaking. So much anger, so much pain, and so much hate screeching from the top of his lungs. He literally sounded insane.
My cousin has a post on her blog that says -- "Why is it that the people you love the most, always seem to disappoint you the most?" I don't exactly know what's going on in her life because I haven't seen her for a while ... but I wonder the same thing.
So how do you respond? How do you respond when the pain is so great and the words are so intentionally hurtful?
Disclaimer: These questions are only generic. I haven't been intentionally hurt in the past couple weeks. I think it's stupid when people send out "code messages" in their blog -- so trust me, there's no secret agenda here. I just need to know the answer to these questions.