Letter from Robert
This past week has been a painful one for many in our country. There has been a great deal of heaviness as people have grieved the tragic loss of life from gun violence in El Paso, Dayton, and other places. Mixed with that are other losses from car accidents, boating accidents, disease, overdose, and suicide. These losses can have a variety of effects on those left behind. They can create great sadness, they can create anger and frustration. They can create fear and anxiety. In one news account, a young person ran to their parent and shared their fear that just because of the color of their skin they would be gunned down while out shopping. Friends – this should not be.
At staff meeting this week we passed out small stones for our staff to carry to remember the heavy hearts that people have in these days. We remembered the invitation and the promise from 1 Peter 5:7 – “
Cast all your anxiety on the Lord because he cares for you.
” We read from Psalm 143: 7-8 “
Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul
.” We were reminded that God hears our cries for help, knows our pain and our sorrow, and responds with love and compassion.
Our children carry these burdens just as we do. They may not be able to verbalize their feelings.
Take time to hold them
be the presence of God for them
through your love. Remind them that they can talk to you and to God and that God will ease their pain and lift their spirits. Consider spending some time with them either in spoken or silent prayer. Light a candle to remember those for whom we grieve. Light a candle to remember the presence of God and the light that shines in the darkness.
To God be the Glory!