Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise Him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 43:5
I’ve had a difficult time trying to put words into a cohesive thought lately. And I don’t know if it’s this humid, sweltering heat that we’ve been melting through the past few weeks or if I’m literally losing my mind, or if I’m grieving over all the bad news these days, but I haven’t been able to write anything that I felt was going to be worthwhile.
My heart just breaks so hard for everything we’re facing as a society. As a nation. As very depraved and broken humanity.
Unless you live under a rock, you know about all the shootings. You know about the farce of a presidential race to the White House. You know about racism and terrorism and fear-driven violence. You know about senseless, shameless, heartless barbarity. Everyone turning on each other and no solution for peace. It’s a cold, cruel world.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
He alone is the Hope and the Peace I cling to. He alone can save.
But all is not lost. I see it in the beautiful social media posts that friends and people I admire have crafted to show their hearts on their sleeves. I feel it in the love of individuals who are working to do so much good in the midst of tragedy. I know it in the thousands of churches (including my own) across the country who, this very morning, are meeting together to kneel in prayer and cry out to God for peace and justice.
This isn’t new. We’ve broken from the beginning of time. And God’s heart is shattered over us, His mercy and grace outstretched toward us, calling our names to come back from the edge and run straight into His loving arms. Repent. Believe. There is Hope in the name of Jesus.
I need to shake off the discouragement and replace it with prayer and strength. I serve a God who is bigger than the impossible things. And I will praise Him today for His unfailing love…even when I don’t have the words.
Love is the answer.