"You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy"

Mourning Into Dancing

At the start of a new year, it is good to be reminded how important it is to tell the people in our life how much we love them, especially if the relationship is not all you want it to be.  Here’s a word from Dawson.

A girl came to me having issues with her father. She said, “Every time I try to sit down and talk to my father about how I feel about him or about how I love him. He just makes jokes and changes the subject and leaves. I can’t really tell him how I love him and have a deep relationship with him because he runs.” I said, “This is an emotional thing. He’s emotionally limping badly.”

Think of that. There has to be a way you can get to people who put up walls. In her case, she wrote a letter and gave it to her mother. Her mother gave it to him in the privacy of the bedroom. And in the privacy of the bedroom, he could read it and weep. Any way you can talk to someone who is limping badly — encourage them — get your message to them – it’s worth it.  Whether it’s on top of their wall, down under their wall, around their wall, or over their wall, however you have to do it, get your message through to them. It’ll make a difference — and it’s worth it!

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,” (Psalm 30:11 NLT)

Your friends at TheHopeLine

PS – If you have not already done so, you may still leave a remembrance about Dawson in the comment section below.  His family, and all of us have taken great comfort in the many kind words.  Speaking of his family, more thoughts about Dawson will be shared by Ruth Hill McAllister in the near future.

2 thoughts on “Mourning Into Dancing

  1. As a God sent blessing to me and my family, I worked side by side with Dawson, for over 6 years and to say how much he means to me there are not words that properly express how much.

    What I can say is every breath he took and every thought he expressed was how could his ministry reach one more youth or adult with the “Good News” of Jesus Christ!

    I was with him as we shed tears together for the hurting teens and the breakdown of the families.

    He never wavered from God’s calling on his life.

    Litterly hundreds of thousands of names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life because of Dawson and his ministry God ordained.

    As a dearest friend, my mentor, my former boss, my leader in ministry and my spiritual example of being conformed more like Jesus; I will definitely miss him greatly, but am motivated more than ever to further Christ’s message to a hurting world which Dawson exemplified in everything he did!

    I look forward to a great reunion in heaven with my friend!

    Dawson used to quote time and time again C.T. Studd, “Some want to live within the sound of church and chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop, within a yard of hell.”

  2. Dawson McAllister was amazing man and when I found out that he passed away I was like please no please no and then I saw that he had surgery and I was praying for him and the next morning I saw he passed away I was in shocked and then I started crying non stop and my grandpa walked in my bedroom was going to wake me up but I was already awake and he asked me if I had a bad dream and I said no and he asked what’s wrong and I told him and it hurts when i am watching the prayer show

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