As i prepared for school Monday morning, many questions filled my head... How would it feel walking through the doors? Would the students look different in my eyes? Would there be chatter and laughter, or silence? Would some be absent?
And then the deeper questions... Why?? How could this happen? Where were you, God?
Questions, no person can answer. Answers, no reasonable person can fathom. So, where can we turn for sanity and peace? For me, at such times, the only consolation possible comes from our Father. Just listen to His Words...
"Jesus wept." John 11:35
The Lord says..."at the time it happens, I am there." Isaiah 48:16
"Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:6
In other words, Jesus cries with us. He knows and understands all our sufferings. We are never alone... not for a day, not for an hour, not for a second. And one day, in the blink of an eye, we will see and be with Him.
Jesus said... "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
"There will be terrible times in the last days. People
will be... boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents,
without love,without self-control..." 2 Timothy 3:1-4
"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the
One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." 1 John
In other words, Satan is active in our world. He knows his days are numbered and is furiously working to snuff out God; but God's victory is guaranteed.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
Jesus said... "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creations. " Mark 16:14
"God our Savior, wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3
In other words, God can and will use everything, good and bad, to fulfill His purpose - growing His Kingdom. He desires for all of us to spend eternity with Him and not in the darkness of hell. Death is a fact, the only question is the destination.
"The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." Romans 8:26
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
In other words, God who comforts us, helps us comfort others.
"And the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11
In other words, CHRISTmas is upon us and we today, more than ever, have reason to celebrate the true meaning of CHRISTmas. Because of Jesus' birth, death and resurrection, we have the gift of eternal life. And in the face of tragedy and pain, this grace and mercy of our God restores hope and peace to broken lives.
Thank You, Father, for the only gift i truly want... Jesus, my Savior. He has the power to mend the heart, while the angels sing, " Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill to men."
have a comfort-filled day and celebrate CHRISTmas... joy is there!