#strong – Whether it be #chattanoogastrong, #noogastrong or #bostonstrong – The word “strong” has been paired with cities that are close to my heart and has gained new meaning for most of us over the past several years. It’s pairing has followed senseless tragedy. A tragedy where innocent people lost lives and where phenomenal people have helped save them.
When we feel a personal connection to the tragedy it does something inside. God has placed me close to two of these cities…two of these tragedies…way too close! As I ponder it, I know there is a reason. I don’t know what the reason is and I don’t know that I ever will on this side of eternity.
We live in a fallen world. We live in an evil world. BUT, we also live in a world of selfless individuals who are willing to protect and serve for our freedoms. Today we lost four of those heroes and several more were injured. Senseless is the first word that comes to mind – senseless! In the middle of the chaos heroes were made and communities were made stronger! #strong
I went back to the blog I wrote the day after Boston 2013 to help me process the activities of today. It has been so hard to get my mind/heart wrapped around it all. And why it keeps happening! The statements I wrote then, along with the scripture brought calm back to my soul…
God is showing me He is in control. Tragedy causes people to search for reasons why…to search for a sense of hope. We may never know why but God is providing hope. He is in control. Romans 8.28 – For we know that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.
A friend sent me a devotion today. It was talking about being thankful in all circumstances. My brother sent me 1 Thessalonians 5.18 – here is 1 Thessalonians 5. 16-18….16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. It is so hard to be thankful for the tragedy that unfolded on Marathon Monday but in the devotion it stated again, we can’t see the big picture. He can.
“Remember who our God truly is, a God who is there and a God who cares. So let us pause to consider our Great King. Let’s look on heavenly things for a moment to calm our nerves.” Full blog here: http://wp.me/p1uMx6-lo
#strong in Christ is what gets me through daily. He has shown me through tragedy and through triumph HE is there and will be my strength when I can’t do it alone….which is often. Hope is found in Him and Him alone. We are just passing through this chaotic world…thank goodness. Love others! Pray often! Stay #strong….I am proud to say I am #chattanoogastrong and #bostonstrong BUT most importantly I am #Jesusstrong Because we know HE wins in the end!
Psalm 119.28 ~ My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
Ephesians 6.10 ~ Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Isaiah 40.29 ~ He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
I want to say thanks to all of those in our community who did an amazing job today bringing calm back to our city. You will be in my prayers as will your families. Praying for peace and comfort for the families who lost loved ones. Praying for peace and comfort for those who were injured as well as their families. Here is my prayer for all involved:
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.