Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I am reeling . . .
The news of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas hits me with a breath-knocked-out-of-me wallop Monday morning. I am stunned. In shock.
And so deeply grieving for the victims, their families, their friends, there are no words.
I'm penning this post Monday afternoon. Reports at this time tell me the death toll is at 58 and over 500 people are suffering from injuries inflicted during the attack.
I cannot wrap my mind around it. I cannot stop my heart from hurting.
But in the midst of pain and sadness, I hear the words of a caller to one of my favorite talk show hosts. He opens by saying he is by no means comparing tragedies in his life to the magnitude of this latest one, but wishes to share an inspirational phrase that got him through the tough times: Only God can turn a mess into a message.
Wow . . .
Yes, there is sadness and sorrow. But we know, one day, God will wipe away every tear.
Yes, it appears as though evil has won the day, but we must remember that the Lord already has the victory.
And as despicable and heinous this murder spree is, we see a community, a city, a state, and a nation coming together in prayer for all those impacted by this violent, senseless act.
It is our most powerful weapon against Satan's wiles.
So let us continue to pray and pray and pray for those mourning the loss of their loved ones.
Pray that they may move forward, not in fear, but in hope. Hope in the Lord who will be faithful to renew their strength.
Trusting that God will one day transform their heartbroken mess into a healed-heart message.
He is the only One who can.
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