The loss of innocence...
A nation in mourning...
Bereft of hope...
Somehow- these words do not seem to bear the full weight of the emotions that arise from the depth of my soul, when I dwell on the events that took place in Connecticut and in China. Though I am not directly connected to either set of circumstances, my heart is in mourning for those families who have lost their loved ones. My soul is crying out in anguish, "How long, O Lord, until you avenge the innocent blood that has been shed? How long must we wait for Your return- to be liberated from this depravity?" And in my anguished state, though it is nothing, I am sure, to those who have been torn from those they love; I have found refuge and solace in God's word. It is my hope, that you too, will be comforted.
I find great comfort in that I can press into, and lean on, the Lord's strength- especially when it seems that the world around me is spinning into utter chaos. I am grateful that I do not have to understand the events and circumstance surrounding me... that I need not rely on my own insight, as it is limited at best.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the Lord.
Trust in the Lord forever, for the LORD, the LORD is the Rock eternal.
Praise God, that we can trust in, and be confident in, the Lord our God, for He is the Rock eternal. His ways are trustworthy; unshakable; unchangeable; and most especially- they are good. I know that in light of the events that have taken place, one could easily question God's goodness.
But I for one, am choosing to believe that God is Who He says He is- and He is good.
Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I hope in Him!"
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
"God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."
Revelation 21:4-5 NKJV
May the Light of His Presence envelope you during these dark days.