Choosing to focus on the light when darkness entered the small church in Texas.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14-16) NIV
My heart and prayers go out to the many affected by the decision of one man to hurt many during their time of worship at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
Mr. Roger’s mom was so right when she told him as a young boy to look for the helpers when bad things happened. During this tragedy, there were so many wonderful helpers/heroes. Evil came into that church, but good outshined any of the darkness.
The two men who chased down the shooter risked their lives so he couldn’t hurt anyone else or escape from facing the devastation he left behind. Many people flooded that church to offer whatever help they could and the people within that church loved and cared for the brothers and sisters in Christ they just spent the morning worshiping with. The first responders walked into the unknown to help in a situation none of us could ever comprehend, and to the country as a whole poured out their love and prayers for those who were lost, wounded, or a part of that harrowing experience.
Jesus’ light is not made from earthly materials. The Pharisees tried to snuff out Jesus’ light on the cross only to have it supercharged, multiplied, and returned as the Holy Spirit that now resides in you and me.
Darkness can only occur when there is an absence of light. What this man tried to do was force his absence of light on other people. He walked into a place full of light that exponentially became brighter as others came to help. Darkness is fleeting even in the presence of the tiniest of flames or the tiniest of creatures like the lighting bug who dots the night sky.
I am choosing to focus on the light, the helpers, and the heroes in this tragedy. I am choosing to focus on prayers of comfort, peace, and healing for all who are involved. I am praying for this man who chose to keep light out so he could remain in the darkness that speaks only in the language of evil. This is becoming more prevalent as these tragedies keep occurring but Jesus’ light can permeate any wall—even one encased in darkness.
Be the light of the world today. You never know whose flame you will light just by showing them yours.
Our hurt is temporary, but He is forever.
“No one who denies the Son has the Father, whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (John 2:23)
I have been off of work for several weeks now due to health issues. It can be frustrating when your mind and heart would like to do things, but your body says, “No way!”
I’ve been really relying on my armor because in our weakest times, our enemy likes to kick us when we are down. Can you relate? I’ve had to push aside thoughts of being useless, a burden, a bad mother and wife, and unworthy of love. The enemy has nicked me a few times, but that made me quickly realize I forgot to ask Jesus for His protection.
Moses had a speech issue, and Paul had health issues. We all carry a burden of one kind or another, but I hang my hope on John 2:23. We have the Son and we have the Father. What could be greater than that?
Whatever your troubles are today, don’t let the enemy take you down because you carry the promise from the savior and creator of the universe saying, “I’ve got you!” Looking at life through that lens makes everything else seem small. We are never alone and we are never forgotten. We are His child cupped inside of His hands.
These troubles will fade away, and a perfect place is our eternity. Until then, He gave us each other to lift up and encourage. We’ve got this because He’s got us. I pray for your comfort and peace in His promises today.