Boston bombs … and in our tragedy and suffering we dangle with doubt.
Our hands hold on and our hearts grieve, for the hope we long to keep. Our innocence is long-lost and our trust in peace is shattered. And we sit and wait for answers and wrestle to understand why.
One tragedy follows another, like lights strung in a row, and we wonder what will be next down the line. The notion lingers in the back of our minds, as we wince with the anticipation of what might come.
We drown in a sea of suffering and wrestle against the evil that ignites our pain. An evil so vile that it stains our hope and corrupts our belief in the goodness of our God.
And pain gushes out and doubt rushes in…
Does God even see?
When babies are shot and limbs are flying and panic sets in like a cloud blocking the sun…
Does God even know?
That mothers are without children and bones may never mend and someone may never walk one more step…
Does He even care at all?
That innocence is lost and life is changed and we’ve lost our hope in the goodness of this world.
It may not make sense to our human minds but there is one thing we must always remember…
The purpose of life is not happiness or joy or the absence of suffering … but for as many as possible to know God.
For as many as possible to experience His grace and be found by His mercy and enter into an intimate relationship with Him.
His heart longs for us to know Him … to not just know about Him, but to become intimately acquainted with Him.
Even in the thick of tragedy and the depth of suffering…His love shines brightest in the darkness. He stills the surges in the storm. He descends to the valley and meets us there. And in the dust-ridden ashes He makes beauty from it all.
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He is Sovereign.
He is Mighty.
He is Holy.
And even amidst tragedy and suffering He is Worthy.
Whether we can see Him there, or feel Him near, there is a decision for us to make…
Will we trust He knows all things, He holds all things…
And in His Sovereign plan, is working even tragedy and suffering, for the good of His Ultimate plan?
And He invites you to come close in your pain, to step into His embrace. That even in the midst He may cover you with His presence and hold you in the palm of His hand.
And although in the midst of tragedy and suffering we may never know or understand the masterpiece He is weaving to allow for as many as possible to come to know Him, even still, may we trust Him even if we don’t understand.
Trust Him in our doubt. Trust Him in our pain. Trust Him in our uncertainty.
When we can’t trust His hand, may we trust His heart.
Trust that He sees,
Trust that He knows,
And trust that He loves us … even. there.
Boston, we are praying for you and we are trusting, even still, in the goodness of our God.
May our hearts be encouraged by this song is my prayer…
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Cornerstone, by Hillsong LIVEMy hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly trust in Jesus’ name Christ alone, Cornerstone Weak made strong, in the Savior’s love Through the storm He is Lord, Lord of All When darkness seems to hide His face I rest on His unchanging grace In every high and stormy gale My anchor holds within the veil My anchor holds within the veil Christ alone, Cornerstone Weak made strong, in the Savior’s love Through the storm He is Lord, Lord of All Then He shall come with trumpets sound Oh, may I then in Him be found Dressed in His righteousness alone faultless, stand before the throne