A few thoughts to ponder.
There was much suffering reported in the media today. With the earthquake and tsunami so close to our continent the needs of the folks and the children particularly grieved my heart.
I know prayer is a powerful discipline but I then reflected about the folks in early bible days.
They saw so much sorrow and need, grief and human vileness. Certainly, they prayed. I wondered what the difference was between Lamentations and Psalms. Every Psalm contains some note of PRAISE to God. People who lamented often had to write of this in dirge-like sorrow expressed, yet continue to live and work and proclaim it (ie Jeremiah). For us…..the Hope we have in Christ rises more GLORIOUS than the needs which ground us to reality.
Yet, how wonderful it is when even in LAMATATIONS when blackness and often seeming hopelessness prevails………….Still, still the glorious HOPE for a new beginning rises.
My prayer, my Hope (in Christ) for all who may read this is that they too, will rise up like the SUN.
Embrace this day with all its possibilities even if you write, draw or speak out only a brief proclamation of HOPE.
Blessing and Grace to you!