#thirstythursday / I’ve wrestled all day with how to respond

the daily Starr thirsty thursday

The images are hard to watch. I catch myself wanting to turn the channel or turn my head away.

Then, I think about the moms and the dads and I couldn’t imagine being in their place at this moment in time. And tears stream down my face.

All I know in this moment is that we are a broken world in need of a Savior.

We’re all broken.

We all think, “It will never happen to me.”

And then, it does.

Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal.
Lay down your burdens

Lay down your shame
All who are broken lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
Lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

I’ve struggled with how to process this evil, how to come to terms with what happened and how to explain to my children and how to prepare for something like this in our community.

How do you even prepare for something like this? Who doesn’t flee a building when a fire alarm is sounding??  How could they have known??

I hold my tongue because words hurt. I want the Holy Spirit to go before me and give me the words.

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

 

Some scream and cry for gun law changes. I don’t have the answers when it comes to law and I’m not in the habit of getting into those types of arguments. Especially online where words and judgments fly faster than light speed.

I do know evil will always be present in this world as long as we’re on this side of heaven.

Evil will show up in whatever way it chooses – guns, terrorist, cancer, prescription drugs, domestic violence, drunk driving, abortions…I could go on…but I think you get the idea.

Every day people are killed wrongfully because of evil.

Not just yesterday.

It will happen today.

And it will happen tomorrow.

And the next day.

The enemy is no respecter of persons when it comes to its victims. 

I’ve thought long and hard about this topic all day.

Here is my response.

I will grieve and grieve with those who are grieving.

I will tell my children about this fallen world and at the same time share the hope we have in Christ. 

I will teach my children to be a friend to the friendless. I will teach my children to encourage those in dark places. I will teach my children to love like Jesus, regardless of what happens in this world.

Each night I will thank the good Lord above for another day together.

And each morning I will say another prayer asking God to go before them and protect them, no matter what may come our way.

Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 HCSB

God alone – my hope is from Him.

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8 comments

  1. Great blog. I know there are so many that just need the reassurance that we are not alone, that the world is not hopeless, and that Satan has not won. We serve a Mighty Powerful Compassionate Passionate Heavenly Father. I don’t have kids of my own but as an Aunt and former teacher I was faced with fear, sadness, and thankfulness all at once. I truly believe laws will not change the evil in this world. Thank you for being open and for reminding us to always do all we can to be His hands extended.

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  2. Thank you so much so true I am with you on every word. Amen Love the encouragement. I have prayed cried my heart hurts for them only our Heavenly Father can help us all. During these terrible times Amen 🙏. Will not understand and know that God has our lives he will always be here for the. Hurting I am sad but I know only he can give comfort to those who lost who hurts so bad Appreciate the word let’s just keep praying keep encouraging. Love you I love your blog thank you 🙏

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