I had myself all worked up for a nice rant this evening. Ok, maybe not a RANT...but I had myself worked up to a topic that has been on my mind. But my thoughts seem very selfish and unimportant in light of events of the last week.
Despite the inadequate news coverage, I have been trying to follow the Gosnell trial. It is such a horrific thing to read about that I can only take it in small amounts before I have to turn my attention elsewhere. What kind of society do we live in if we are so jaded that events such as these are looked on as not newsworthy?
And then a few days ago the devastating news of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. And I wonder, along with every decent person, "who would do something so horrendous?" I am thankful that I live in a nation where things like this are NOT an every day occurrence because I know that there are places where violence like this is the norm. I find myself repeatedly thinking, "Come soon, Jesus!"
And right here in our own small community, a young girl, for a reason no one is sure of, took her own life last weekend. The whole community is in mourning, her family wracked with grief, her boyfriend devastated. What do you do to help a family deal with this kind of loss? The church, the school, the community are all rallying around the family, just wanting to be there for them, so offer support, help, a shoulder to cry on, food to eat, a listening ear. And yet, it is still an extremely private grief that they will have to wade through on their own. One can only hope that they will seek out God and His peace, because we know that is the only way to make sense of any of these tragedies.
The funeral is tomorrow. Jeff is doing the funeral. If you are not already praying, please pray with me for this family. That if they do not already know the healing power of Christ, that through the loving hands helping them, that they can come to know Him and know His peace.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:3-5