....the ponderings and wanderings of a Marble pastor's wife.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
in light of the horrendous loss of innocent lives in Newtown, CT I
offer my prayers for everyone affected by this act of violence. I know
that there is no comfort for those who have lost loved ones especially
during this time of year. But dear Father I pray that they will feel the
comfort and presence of the Holy Spirit in the midst of their despair.
May with passing of much time their tears of remembering their loved
ones will be turned into smiles of remembering. Only You, Heavenly
Father can do this. Amen
Tomorrow we will light the candle of
joy for advent (the waiting for the coming of the baby Jesus as well as
waiting for His second coming). I thought about joy and thought that
against so much violence, it seemed hard to grasp. But then I remembered
that this joy is not the immediate emotion attached to any certain
circumstance. Instead it is an eternal joy that "is" because Jesus was
born on this earth in humanity and walked among us. "This will be a sign
to you; the virgin will give birth to a son and He will be called
Immanuel, God with us." So in the midst of our despair we have a Savior
who knows deep sorrow. But because He walked this tattered earth in the
clothes of tattered humanity, He brought to the earth the eternal joy;
that is Jesus was, Jesus is, and Jesus will be. And because of the plan
that He was obedient to, we have the hope of a reunion day with all
those followers who have gone before us. In that day the Word promises
us He will wipe away all tears and take away our pain and in that day we
will be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.
with us, we pray together as your people for hope and comfort for all
those who are mourning not only in Newtown but throughout our world
during this season of Christmas.