I don’t know about you, friends, but my heart is heavy. Heavy as we continue to hear about the violence that is occurring in our world. One only need turn on the news to hear all the bad that is happening in our world. In fact, just yesterday, as we turned on the television, we learned of more shootings; now in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And all I can utter is “Why? Why does this continue to happen?”
One of my dearest friend’s husband is a highway patrol officer. I worry about his safety. I worry about the safety of all of our law enforcement. I worry about all of us; with our different colors of skin. I worry about the type of world that our children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews etc will grow up in. I worry about so much.
I honestly do not have any of the answers. But what I do know is that God is a God of love who weeps with us during these hard times and also who calls us to “love our neighbors as we love ourselves.” I know that isn’t always easy to do, but I also know that when we truly love our neighbors, the world is and can be a much better place.
Last week I came across this quote from Theodore Roosevelt that has really stuck with me in the light of all that is happening in our world. The quote reads as follows: “We, here in America, hold in our hands the hopes of the world, the fate of the coming years; and shame and disgrace will be ours if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men.” Has the light been dimmed in our world? When I continually hear news of violence and evil, I honestly wonder if that is not what is happening.
And as I find myself wondering if the light has been dimmed, I find myself clinging to the hope and promise found in Christ who calls us to love one another. I also find myself sighing those sighs that are too deep for words. I also find myself wanting to make a difference…wanting to share God’s love with all the world. Because the truth is it matters! It matters how we treat one another. It matters how we share God’s love beyond our church walls. Most especially, it matters who and whose we are because we are all called and claimed as beloved children of God!