Sunday, October 1st, 2017 is a day that changed the life of a nation. For some of us, the emotional change of loss was so profound, and at such a level, that only God Himself could comprehend.
Inexpressible grief from unexplainable loss buried so deep that only God Himself could understand. And understand He does because He grieves with us.
He mourns with us. He tastes every tear that falls from our eye. He knows the sting of the loss of a child. He knows the pain of a loss of a dear friend.
He knows the loss of one so close they are as His own flesh.
No words can take away the pain felt out of such loss. It's better for us to share the sorrow, share the grief and be an attentive ear to simply listen.
It's better for us to just be present.
It's natural to want to do something to help make things better, and we can do that in its right time.God has given us a way to do that!
The power that grieves is the same power that overcomes.
Poking holes in the darkness is the act of loving...no matter what! God Himself poked a hole in the darkness when He said, "Let there be light." (Genesis 1:3)
"God is light and in Him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5)
The act of creation was a literal poking a hole in darkness until it bleeds light. Jesus Himself tells us,
"I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12)
Can we be such a light in a dark world? When we've finished grieving and being that sympathetic ear, can we make a difference?
Is there anything we can do as everyday people to poke holes in darkness?
The answer is yes!
Resolve to follow Jesus and perform random acts of kindness. Be intentional in how you love others. Pay for the meal of the next person in line.
Turn around to feed and clothe a homeless person. Treat others the way you hope to be treated.
Give grace to those who you would otherwise judge as deserving criticism. Give without concern of being repaid.
In everything you do resolve to embody the light of the world, because by faith you are the light of the world.
By faith you are the Holy Temple of the living God.
How do I start?
Start your day with a simple prayer, Lord teach me to love you as you want to be loved. God teach me to love myself that I could love others.
Father give me peace, understanding and wisdom that I may be a light that pokes holes in the worldly darkness called today.
Lord, teach me to poke holes in the darkness until it bleeds light!
Chapain Faulkner Friday October 6, 2017