Another morning, another time I wake up to find my social media flooded with reports and headlines telling me that tragedy has struck our world once again. Before I’m even out of bed I see photos and videos of scared, dazed people running around a smoke filled building-sometimes with blood all over them. To be honest, it might not even be theirs.
I spend too many days glued to my TV watching the aftermath of bombs. I spend way too much time hoping that the footage being shown is not of the dead. While I’m beyond heartbroken, I can’t help but watch.
I’m sure I’m amoung thousands that grieve for the newest victims and wonder deep inside when my country will be next. This used to be unheard of…this many attacks on innocent lives.
When did this become the norm? The rampage on our worlds soil against the common people. When did we become used to this? My heart grieves because it’s no longer an uncommon ordeal-the killing of innocent lives.
The nations send up prayers but only in times of tragedy. Our prayers for this world need to be daily, hourly–all the time not just when another tragedy arises. Our lips must cry out desperate cries for this dying world.
It’s my belief that no extra gun laws, a different president, or even retaliation will heal this world. God, and His mercy, is the only thing that can save us against this hateful and vengeful world.
Terrorists bring exactly that..terror. Anxiety. Fear. Everything that God is not. I don’t want to become so numb to this violence and carnage that it ceases to shock me. My prayer is that I would never become too accustomed to this violence that I don’t call out for healing and safety for our world.
God. He is our light in this incredibly suffocating darkness. He is our hope in a world with absolutely no hope. We must cling to Him at all times not just in tragedy.
“But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”
1 John 1:5
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.”