Thursday, December 20, 2012

Grace ❤ Hope ❤ Love

I've been hesitant to post anything about the horrific even that took place almost a week ago.  I don't share much opinion these days in this place, but I've felt compelled to write. Just to WRITE. My thoughts have been jumbled and foggy through tears as I try, like so many others, to piece together the why and how of our struggling world. So much horror. So much evil.  So much anger. Innocence taken away too soon.  So much pain.  So much confusion. I don't have anything to compelling to write, but I wanted to share a few things I've come across in the last week.

Among all of the darkness, I've seen so much light. As such with any tragedy, love and light will always prevail. Forgiveness prevails. Grace prevails. God prevails.  Just watch this video of Robbie Parker, Dad of Emilie Parker, 6, who lost her life so courageously last Friday. This right here is Amazing Grace.

Just as everyone else has struggled to make sense of our senseless world, I'm struck with happiness by the simple acts of kindness that are flooding the internet.  Have you seen the #26actsofkindness campaign? I urge you to check it out. Perhaps you feel compelled to join the campaign as well. 

I opened my daily journal, Streams In The Desert, on December 15. Saturday morning.  Not yet 24 hours after the horrible tragedy and I read this.  While I don't have any answers as to why this happened, I am restored by my faith and trust in my Heavenly Father. As Psalm 37:3 says, "Trust also in Him." 

Trust and Rest-December 15

The word trust is the heart word of faith. It is the Old Testament word, the word given to the early and infant stage of faith. The word faith expresses more the act of the will, the word belief the act of the mind or intellect, but trust is the language of the heart. The other has reference more to a truth believed or a thing expected.
Trust implies more than this, it sees and feels, and leans upon a person, a great, true, living heart of love. So let us “trust also in him,” through all the delays, in spite of all the difficulties, in the face of all the denials, notwithstanding all the seemings, even when we cannot understand the way, and know not the issue; still “trust also in him, and he will bring it to pass.” The way will open, the right issue will come, the end will be peace, the cloud will be lifted, and the light of an eternal noonday shall shine at last.

“Trust and rest when all around thee
Puts thy faith to sorest test;
Let no fear or foe confound thee,
Wait for God and trust and rest.
“Trust and rest with heart abiding,
Like a birdling in its nest,
Underneath His feathers hiding,
Fold thy wings and trust and rest.” 

Prayers of love and comfort to you, Newtown. 

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