No fear of bad news

“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor. The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.” (Psalm 112:4-10)

We are almost afraid to turn on our televisions. There seems to be bad news swirling around the world like never before. So much of what we see reported has to do with shootings, bombings, and people misusing power. It is increasingly difficult to get a straight answer from some in leadership.

Our minds scramble to think of solutions. It is obvious that politics is not the answer. Money will not cure what ails us. No program will be a panacea for the ills of society. Only God can touch the human heart. We pray for God to fill us so that we can minister in this hurting world. We pray for the Holy Spirit to be at work also in the hearts of others. The Good News overshadows our temptation to fear the bad news. We have hope. God is greater than our problems.

Let us all get down on our knees and pray for peace. As Jesus commanded, let us treat others the way we want to be treated.

“Heart breaking with what breaks the heart of God

Mourning with those who mourn

Praying to Him who hears

And weeping with those who desperately long for a changed world

It begins with us.

Us grieving, us listening, us holding space for each other,

Us beholding Him who says we belong to each other and He never stops holding us all.”

(Ann Voskamp)



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