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My heart is full and discouraged at times when I discover more and more atrocities going on all around us. Some are widely seen and displayed such as mass shootings at schools and venues. Others are under cover and progress slowly with a hidden agenda set in motion by people of power and honor.
Nothing is ever as it seems, as I discover more and more the lies and the hypocrisy that we as humans are capable of possessing. I feel helpless at times when I stop and look around and see situations that children are living under and the seemingly dim future ahead for those less fortunate. As I become more aware, I find my self asking God why doesn’t He stop these perpetrators that are seemingly getting away with literal murder all around us.
I was asked yesterday by a high school student how do I survive? Can you please give me advice so that I can make it. She said she had accepted Jesus as her Savior earlier when our group had come to share the gospel. Her circumstances didn’t change. It had become increasingly more difficult she explained. She went on to say she felt discouraged after listening to our speaker. We had brought in a lady who had overcome extreme poverty and obstacles to help encourage the student. Her message was powerful and she gave the students an example of possibility that they too did not need to be a product of their environment.
I asked the discouraged student if she had anyone to go to for help and guidance. She said no. There was no church she attended, no parents of sound mind, no friends of positive influence and no teachers with any time.
My heart was heavy because I knew a quick prayer over her wouldn’t fix her and I honestly had no answers for her to magically erase her problems. Our team had to go and I grabbed our speaker and pointed out the student and told her the situation. As I was leaving I saw the young student writing down the speaker’s phone number as she called it out to a couple students who would NOT leave because they had more questions.
These kids were hoping to find something to help them set in motion a way to graduate and make their life a success. I reflect back on how I can take all these legitimate worries for our safety and our children’s safety in this broken world of 2018. I go to the only thing I know can help give me hope.
I do my normal flip to a passage in the Bible and ask God to answer my cry for this time we find ourselves living. I know Psalms is a good landing spot, so I open up to Psalm 103 and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for a good God who is rich in love and mercy. He has a divine plan of restitution set up for victims and makes everything right in the end. I am reminded He has eyes and sees everything and nothing gets by Him as He sits in His throne and rules over us all.
Praise the Lord, O my soul!!
Thank you God,
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Psalm 103 The Message
O my soul, bless God.
From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God,
don’t forget a single blessing!
He forgives your sins-everyone.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
God makes everything come out right;
he puts victims back on their feet.
He showed Moses how he went about his work,
opened up his plans to all Israel.
God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold,
nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out,
keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Men and women don’t live very long;
like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
leaving nothing to show they were here.
God’s love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.
God set his throne in heaven he rules over us all. He’s the King!
So bless God, you angels,
ready and able to fly at his bidding quick to hear and do what he says.
Bless God, all you armies of angels,
alert to respond to whatever he wills.
Bless God, all creatures, wherever you are—
everything and everyone made by God.
And you, O my soul, bless God!