Broken Hearts, Shattered Lives
“I don’t know why they call it heartbreak. It feels like every other part of my body is broken too. ”
Once again we as a country and world are united by what seems to be the bonds of a heartbreak that is all too frequent, these days. We finally move beyond two tragedies that come from the hand of man just a little over a month ago, but now, inexplicably, we are faced with the tragedy that seems to come from the hand of God! Yes, the same God who we see as the hope and salvation of our world. And we ask, once more, the question whose answer proves to be as elusive as ever! You see, for every “WHY?” we ask, we are apt to be told, “WHY NOT?” And so we lose hope and we despair and we cry out the same words the Son cried out to the heavens from his dying on Calvary. “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27, 46 KJV). You see, in that single moment, Christ’s humanness came to bear, just as ours does every day. With one HUGE difference. Christ knew His purpose and what His death would do to change the world. We often have fewer, if any, expectations that things will change!
We remain mired in the despondency that our tunnel vision seems to afford us. Our vision is blinded by the sorrows and the trials that deliver them into our laps. All we view are the cruel and brutal parts of life, that seem to come at us like a snowball rolling downhill, fast and furiously gaining size and speed, until the moment we know that it will overtake and crush us…if not our very lives, then at least our spirit. And it can be then that those who do not have the resources of a supportive network insulating them, can fall under despondency’s spell, convinced that it will never get better. And so, for a brief, terrible moment, they lose their way. But it will get better! It always does! It is promised to us by ancient words, divinely inspired, all. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).
Now, these words do not necessarily mean that he offers us the easy way out! Instead, He gives us hope or, as the Bible puts it, “confident expectation”, which is His assurance that we will gain the strength we need to meet, head on, those trials, and yet not be defeated by them! And before any one of you asks, NO! This is not a promise that we will not suffer the pain, or even agony, that the trials deliver. What it promises is that He will not permit the pain to destroy our spirits. It simply means that God ultimately will not allow those hardships to put us to shame or to confound us. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV). So take heart, all you who think His answer is “NO”! It is not a “NO”. It is simply, “NOT NOW”!
FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE TORNADO THAT BROUGHT SO MANY YOUNG BEFORE THE GATES OF HEAVEN BEFORE THEIR TIME…
Friar Jeffrie Wallace
Agimus tibi gratias, omnipotence Deus, pro universis beneficiis tuis, qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Fidelium animae, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace. Amen.
We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, Who livest and reignest forever. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.)
May they stand with all the angels and saints, who know Your love and praise Your saving will
To You, O Lord, we humbly entrust this children, so precious in Your sight.
Take them into Your arms and welcome them into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain, but the fullness of peace and joy with Your Son and the Holy Spirit
“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.“
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
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