Two Things We Can Do Today
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The news of the school shooting in Uvalde, TX broke my heart. I experienced a rush of emotions. I was immediately overwhelmed by sadness and I prayed for everyone involved. Soon, my thoughts included frustration and confusion. Perhaps you experienced these same emotions. How can we stop these senseless killings I wondered? I prayed that God would give me something to write that might bring value to this issue. The following is what came upon my heart. Please read more.
I am sure none of us can truly comprehend the the unimaginable pain of those families who lost loves ones. One minute they were kissing their loved one goodbye in the morning and wishing them a good day at school. The next minute, they are trying to come to grips with the reality that they will never see and hold them again. Dear God, be with them I pray!
What is wrong with our society that tragedies like this continue to happen? The comprehensive answer to that short question would take a group of the world’s best psychologists years to answer. Christians are quick to point out that taking God out of our society is a major contributing factor. Others believe the cause is easy access to automatic weapons. Still others believe social media is to blame. Some believe it is the break down of the traditional family. I have no doubt that each of these play some part and of course, there are many other factors as well.
Politicians will come forth with many ideas to address this issue. They will include things such as hardening the schools, arming more officers in schools, and stricter guns laws. Rest assured that neither the government nor new legislation will fix this problem. These things will merely treat the symptoms of the problem. I can assure you that if we, as individual Christians, set forth through prayer to bring more Christ-like love, compassion, and understanding into the environments in which we live, we could collectively bring an impact to the underlying issues of hate, anger and divisiveness that are destroying our world. Are you prepared to do your part?
It would be ludicrous to assume that I could suggest any one cure that would bring an end to this problem. I will leave that for the experts. I do, however, believe that the incessant vitriol, polarizing bitterness, and nonstop anger with those with whom we disagree, must end!
God is love, and clearly the world needs more love and more prayer. I have nothing to add that Jesus and Scripture have not already said on this topic.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Paul tells us to, “Pray without ceasing.”
In Mathew 22: 37-39 Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
St. Paul had this to add in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
With these passages in mind, I am asking all of my readers to do two things:
Frist, pray! Pray for the souls of the victims. Pray for healing and peace for their families. Pray that one day they will, with God’s grace, find forgiveness in their hearts. Pray for the soul of the shooter. Pray for his Grandmother’s recovery. Pray for healing for his family. Pray for an end to school shootings. Pray for all of those who have lost loved ones in the many recent mass shootings. Pray for an end to violence in our world. Pray for the mental wellness of our young people. Continue to pray for peace in Ukraine. Pray that we can bring God back into society. Pray that all people will do as Jesus instructed us to do; love God and love their neighbor.
Second, I am asking everyone to reach out, right now, without delay, to those who are meaningful in your life with these words, “I LOVE YOU!” The uncertainty of life was clearly demonstrated in this shooting. Life is precious and fleeting. Therefore, we cannot say those three words too often. They feel good to say, and it feels great when we hear someone say them to us. The world is starving for more love. God is love and love is of God and our world needs more of both.
My friends, our world is broken. Satan delights in this present darkness. He is dancing in the streets to all of the hatred and violence. You and I are called to make a difference. We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. Let’s brighten up the world today with the gift of LOVE!
I will close with a song from Stevie Wonder. He sang, I Just Called To Say I Love You. Let’s call someone now and tell them that.
Heavenly Father, our world is sickened and saddened by all of the violence and hatred. Help me to be an agent of change in the world. Keep me from participating in all of the division. Help me to be a person that brings faith, hope, and love into the world. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
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I love you, Brian and Mary Beth. We are blessed to have your friendship. Thank you for your message.
Winnie and Ken
We love you too and we are blessed to have your friendship!
Thanks for the insight and reminder. Just contacted my children
to remind them how I love them!
You are welcome. Thanks for your post!
Thank you, Brian, for this timely and much needed post. May God richly reward you for this one.
You are most welcome!
Thanks for this heartfelt post, Brian! Praying and “Love ya!”
I am blessed by your friendship!
Thanks for your post!
With each reflection you post, you say, “I love you, and better than that, God wants you to know that He loves and delights in you each and every day!”
Thank you for being God’s proxy in the lives of all who read your 4th Day Letters. Today, let us be the ones to tell you that God wants you to know how much He loves and delights in you each and every day. God also says,” Thank you for saying Yes to the promptings of My Holy Spirit in your life.”
My prayer for you is that some day, you hear the words that we all long to hear said to us someday, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. ”
Thank you. You are loved!!
Thank you for your very kind words. May God bless you in a special way today!