I am not really cut out to read much news. It literally makes me want to grab hold of the very neck of our nation and slap heads while screaming, “snap out of it”! Of course while screaming I wonder if anyone would see the tears in my eyes or hear the choking in my voice. Would they see into my heart the reasons I carry for wanting them to stop being deceived and manipulated? Would they see my desire for them to awaken from looking at headlines and look to God for hope and healing? Probably not I think; they would only feel my angry touch and tone out my shrill voice.
Putting myself in check, I again pick up my pen and choose love. It can be a difficult walk to love no matter what you see, no matter what you hear. It’s emotional, it’s discouraging, it’s fraught with traps to stumble you. Wanting to see change immediately but instead being patient to let God work. And still we get up every day, choosing to journey in this world because we know we are needed. We are the ones chosen for this generation. We are the ones crying out day and night in prayers for those around us. Our names are not in any headlines and we are not the popular crowd in worldly circles. We are misunderstood and misrepresented because we choose not to ‘just go along’. In our hearts we also know others are meant to join us in this battle of hope. Quietly we wait for each of them to finally see who they are and what they are meant to do.
Yet where sin was powerful, God’s kindness was even more powerful. Sin ruled by means of death. But God’s kindness now rules, and God has accepted us because of Jesus Christ our Lord. This means that we will have eternal life. (Rom 5:20b-21)
I tell you, the angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10b)