“Words are the most powerful thing in the universe…. words are containers. They contain faith, or fear, and they produce after their kind.” Charles Capps
“And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them.”
We are in a challenging time; none of us has ever walked through something like this before. The world is all in this together but divided. Friends and family divided. Tempers and emotions are running high because of frustration, loss, grief and uncertainty. We have no control of the outcome. I will admit there is good reason for these emotions and we need to deal with them with honesty and with grace. We need to listen to one another, really listen. “A heart with ears” as said by Ashley Mielke founder of The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre. But how…
God is everywhere
Acts 17:24-29 Msg
“The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of the sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if He couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don ‘t make Him. Starting from scratch, He made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find Him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; He’s near. We live and move in Him, can’t get away from Him! One of your poets said it well: it doesn’t make a lot sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?”
He is our teacher, our father, our leader, our comforter, our ever-present help in time of need. He is our calm in the storm, our peace in the confusion, our protection from the lies. He is our steadfast anchor, our mainstay our support. He is God and we are not.
In this time of testing we have an opportunity to learn from each other and unite despite our differences because we are called to love. Its not going to be easy, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent. We can do hard things together, we can disagree. Not hate. We can unify in the purposes we have been given. Diversity is beautiful. The world is big enough for all of us and yet small enough for us to come together in love. COVID has shown us just that the world is small, very small. So small that we are all dealing with the exact same enemy at the same time. I believe we are being challenged to unite, to come together no matter our differences and in that we will have victory.
My prayer for all of us is that we remember we are better together. To learn to see others uniqueness as an opportunity to grow and learn. To leave hate and run to love. To be who we were meant to be. Be the light in the dark places, be the love to the unloved, be the hope to the hopeless. Shine Jesus for all to see, because He lives in each one of us. Be the love we all so desperately need.