Once again we have a school shooting and it breaks my heart to hear more children have been killed. Sometimes it feels like there is darkness all around us. Most people say they are praying for the families, emergency and rescue workers as well as the medical teams who work tirelessly to save, repair and console the injured who have experienced this tragedy. Often times when the world seems dark, chaotic and out of control, I open my Bible to the first chapter of John, verse 5: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Why? In a world of evil, fear, and desperation I need light and hope. For me, Jesus is the light and hope that shines into the world. How does Jesus bring the light into a sometimes dark world? Simply by his constant and abiding love for us. A love so great it overcomes all of the dark places in which we find ourselves. We have just entered into the Lenten season in which we focus on his death and resurrection. In this tragic time of sorrow, confusion and frustration we can walk alongside of Christ on his journey to the cross filled with unbelievable pain, betrayal and death.
The trees soar high above,
I sit in the abundant colors of their canopy
as their leaves sashay through the air
and alight on the ground below.
The earth erupts with colors of red, gold and brown.
The ambiance of this hidden space is still and secret.
The songbirds chirp and flit about through the treetops.
The light of the sun bursts through the branches spreading warmth
unto the leftover morning dew.
The gentle ripple of water filters its way through the bed of leaves, rocks and grass.
The living water soothes the restlessness of my spirit.
I sit in the midst of God’s glory.
The birds sing without worry,
The trees and plants bloom without questioning how.
The sun illuminates their color and hugs the earth in a loving embrace.
In this gentle place, God speaks,
“Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or about your body, what you will wear.”
I absorb the words and yet the worry overtakes me..
But God, I say, there are bills, taxes,.. What if there isn’t enough abundance?
God speaks into my worrisome spirit, “Worry is not from me. Just as the birds sing, flowers bloom and sun shines, you have been equipped with power, strength and the courage of my promise. Your needs are known. TRUST ME! "Do not be afraid, it is my desire to give you everything.”
Breathing in God’s beauty and resting in the promise,
letting go of worry…
Luke 12: 22, 32
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