In the Midst of Tears It Can Be Hard to See the Light
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Two recent occurrences moved me to tears and remain heavy on my heart. First, this morning I learned of the violent mass shooting that occurred at a concert in Las Vegas. When I awoke the count of those who lost their lives was at 20. By the time I left the house, the toll was at 50 and I am sure that number will increase as more details unfold. At around the same time I learned of the passing of a mentor and friend in ministry Rev. Joan Rousseasux who passed away on Sunday. She was the first woman pastor appointed to my home church Edwards Chapel, and was influential in my faith journey as well as my calling into ministry.
In the midst of tears, it can be hard to see the light. In the midst of senseless violence, it can be heard to remember the peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding. In the midst of loss, it can be hard to realize the abundance of gifts made possible through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
What occurred to me this morning is that we must do a better job of loving one another, of standing with one another, and of sharing the love of Christ with others especially in the times that we find ourselves in. We are the ones that are called to hold up the hope we have in Christ. We are the ones called to share that hope with others. If we remain silent, or even worse yet join in the narrative of the world, the message of hope becomes drowned out by messages of violence, fear, discord and hopelessness. As Romans 12:21 tells us “Do not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good.”
How can you be part of the solution? How can you do a better job of loving even in the midst of disagreement? How can we stay united despite everything that threatens to divide us? How can you serve Christ more fully as you become a bearer of Christ’s love to the world?
We do not need to be consumed by despair. Our hope need not be lost in the anxiety that threatens to overcome us. All we need is found in our Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All we need is to draw nearer to our loving God and our Savior Jesus Christ and listen attentively to the Holy Spirit. And then, go and love.
Grace and peace,