The world is an ugly place these days. You feel it deep.
People are lost, empty. Lashing out in their confusion.
You don’t understand it. Neither do they.
Dear heart, don’t become jaded.
The news bleeds these days. It’ll rip you raw, but don’t let it numb you.
Apathy is just as dangerous as hatred.
All this hurts so deep, but don’t close your eyes to the broken.
Don’t shut your ears to their cries.
Don’t close your heart off. I know you want to.
Fear runs rampant. It trembles in the bravest knees.
Dear heart, don’t let it debilitate you.
Dear heart, the world needs you.
Your voice is small, but your light is steady. It shines brightly in this darkness.
You don’t have all the answers and your love isn’t big enough to fix a broken nation, not to mention a broken world.
But you have hope and you know a Love that is able.
You may not be able to heal a hurting society, but you can soothe one hurting heart in the mess.
You can reach for another trembling hand and clasp it brave. Because hearing “you are not alone in this” can break down defenses and soften a bitter heart.
People will challenge your intentions, your beliefs, your strength. They will call you names to shut you up because they’re afraid of the truth in your words.
Will you stand under pressure?
Will you fall on your knees in prayer for the victims, because it could have been you?
Will you intercede not only on behalf of the persecuted and abused, but for the persecutors and abusers as well?
Because all need grace.
Especially you. Especially me.
Dear heart, don’t weary yourself with worry. It is not your battle to fight.
Be still and know His heart – toward you, toward them.
Be still and know that He is working good out of all this mess, because that’s what the Father does.
Be still and know. He is greater. He is good.
“This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s…you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” 2 Chronicles 20:15b, 17 NLT