Hi Hope Ames,
Sometimes, we find ourselves at a loss for words. This week has been one of those times for a lot of us. Waking up earlier this week to the news about an unimaginable display of evil in Las Vegas was all at once horrifying, infuriating and devastating. Then, learning about threats made toward the Johnston Community School District here in Central Iowa had me feeling about the same. This goes without mentioning the personal troubles that each of us are currently facing.
Maybe some people will think: 'We have it a lot better here than other places in the world,' and you're right. Still, that doesn't make the pain and confusion any less real, and I don't have it in me to make everything okay with words. I don't think any of us do.
In these times, when words have seemingly escaped us, I look to the Living Word for guidance and assurance, and that's really all I want to do with this e-newsletter.
Isaiah 42:1-4 says:
Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.
He is my chosen one, who pleases me.
I have put my Spirit upon him.
He will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout
or raise his voice in public.
He will not crush the weakest reed
or put out a flickering candle.
He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.
He will not falter or lose heart
until justice prevails throughout all the earth.
Isaiah's prophecy tells us about Jesus, our Messiah who comes to rescue us. Jesus offers love, justice and renewal. In our brokenness, he will not crush us or belittle our problems, but restore us, and these are not just some words.
It's a promise. Jesus' endurance is unmatchable, and he won't stop saving us.
Keep your eyes open, follow Jesus' lead (love, compassion, seeking justice), and hold fast to his promises. When it seems like evil is getting a lot of airtime and we don't have words to respond, remember this:
Jesus gets the final word, and that's a good thing.