Friday, April 19, 2013

[ Pain is Inevitable ]

Our news stations bring us horrible stories this week of death and tragedy. It's on Facebook, Instagram- we cannot escape. I learned about the Boston bombings through Facebook as friends and family  began offering up prayers. I learned about Texas and the fertilizer plant on Instagram as people began remembering those suffering as they went about their days. Pain and suffering is inevitable. Without it, we would not know God. We would not know good. We would not know hope. Yet, during weeks like this when it seems as though pain is everywhere, it's hard to grasp. Hard to comprehend... 

Yet, there is hope... a friend posted on Facebook that she was praying through Psalm 46. I read it aloud with a friend and we were both struck with the powerful words of hope found only is God. It's the only way I know how to swallow what's going on. The only way I know how to pray for those who hurt and are dealing with a pain I've never had to face. 

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength, 
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way 
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and
the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, 
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall; 
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
 he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us; 
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done, 
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; 
he burns the shields[d] with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; 
I will be exalted among the nations, 
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us; 
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
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