In Light of This Week
I was texting a friend from Las Vegas early Monday morning about a book he had recommended, when he asked me if I was following what was going on in there. I jumped over to a couple news sites to see if I could find something; only to be completely overwhelmed with the grim reality of another mass shooting.
As I have gotten older, and as I have learned more about God's heart, I have become far more sensitive than I ever used to be. So with every story I read, every detail revealed, a lump formed in my throat and tears began to fall down my face, how could they not? What a horrible thing to experience. What heartbreak people must be feeling who lost loved ones; what fear must be gripping those who experienced such trauma. What bravery those men and women showed as they helped, carried, tended to, and served the people around them in the midst of such tragedy.
Humanity at its very worst, and humanity at its very best.
I began to pray for the families, for those still fighting for their lives in hospitals, for the people still not sure if their son, their daughter or their friend was one of the victims. So much heartache, so much uncertainty, so much pain.
Then I began to pray for the churches and believers in the area, that God would give them wisdom and strength to show up and be present in the right places, and in powerful ways.
This verse came to mind. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
The comfort God has given the church isn't simply for the church. That comfort is meant to be shared, meant to be given away, meant to be carried out in front of us with open hands.
To put it plainly, God's comfort multiplies when deposited into the heart of a believer.
So if you haven't been yet, I encourage you to take comfort in God. Even when the world seems to have no hope or light, we have unwavering hope, and a light that pierces even the greatest of darkness.
Receive that comfort, believe that hope. Then look around, find where God might multiply that hope and comfort through you. Be the voice of love, the voice of joy, be a sign to a broken world that not all is lost, not all is dark. Light is here, hope is alive, and comfort is available for all.