John 12:46-47 (NIV) 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. 47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
Every day when I wake up I am grateful. In the quiet moments as my body tunes up my mind begins to sort through my dreams and my realities. Of course, I think about my children and family. As I ease into the day I begin to think a bit broader. I turn the TV on and begin to watch the news. My hope is to hear something positive and uplifting.
As I tune in mentally, spiritually and emotionally unknowingly I am sitting on the edge of my seat. Yes, I listen and I see that by tuning in to the news all I see is a world divided. I see so much hatred and fear. I see a nation that is falling slowly into a deep depression. With depression comes loneliness, isolation, anxiety, sadness and stress. That is right where Satan would want us to be.
Each of us interprets and reacts to what we see and hear on the news. I decided that today I am going to talk about this elephant in our nation. If I steep myself in the belief that elected officials, corporations and our systems have the final say, I would be one of those people who is stressed and depressed. But, because I am a child of the most High God, our creator. The one who knew me even before I was born. The one who saved me and cares for me, “Our Father, who art in heaven”, I would fall into thinking my life is up to others who are in high positions of power.
But I know Him and I know I am His child. So, I am going to lift up the name of Jesus Christ and remember He has not forsaken us. I think about the many times that this world has left me feeling discouraged. Yet, every time I pray to Jesus He keeps me and reminds me that this too shall pass. I will stay encouraged and will continue to pray. Won’t you do do the same?
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.