Psalm 147:3: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (NIV)
Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. (NLV)
Isaiah 41:10: Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand. (HCSB)
As I was drinking my coffee this morning and of course trying to give even more activity to the term multi-tasking, I knocked over my coffee cup. As I am on my knees cleaning up the mess and thinking that it has shattered into too many pieces to even try to fix it, I think of our world. Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The Massacre at Virginia Tech. The theater shooting in Colorado. Columbine. 9/11. Oh Lord, our world is a mess. Even when we are on our knees, it seems that it has shattered into too many pieces for You to fix it. The creation that You declared as good (Genesis 1:31) now seems overrun with evil – that conscious and deliberate wrongdoing designed to harm others. Lord, how can people be so consumed with evil that they would kill students who just went to school that day, that they would kill movie goers who just went for some entertainment, that they would kill people who just went to work that morning, that they would kill Your son who left His throne in heaven to salvage sinful man? Matthew 5:4 says You will comfort us when we mourn. Lord, we ask for Your comfort in our time of hurt and confusion. Lord, thank You for mending our broken hearts and for healing our wounds. Lord, thank You for being our shelter and our refuge. Lord, thank You for holding me in Your strong and mighty hand and allowing me to draw on Your strength and love.