Sometimes we just don’t know what to say. We watch a tragedy happen and all we can do is cry or shake our heads. There are no words to say. Only raw emotion at the sight of what we are seeing. Sometimes we cannot comprehend the depth of what we are seeing simply because we have never witnessed it first-hand. Sometimes we do not comprehend it because it is so deep and disturbing that it does not fully sink into our brain. We try to put words to it, but we fail miserably because there are just no words to say. This is where I am right now. This is what I am feeling.
I have had loss in my life but compared to the tragedies of this year around the country, my losses are so insignificant I feel almost ashamed that I ever cared so much or cried so much over those things in my life that to me at the time were so big and significant. So the truth of it is I feel that my words would be meaningless that I would, or could write, if I had words to write, about the tornadoes, the bombings, the shootings. I could echo words of sadness and say how sorry I am that these people have had this happen to them. I could quote a Bible verse or two to try to explain how I feel or provide encouragement. I could say a few fluffy words that might bring a small smile. But would any of it mean anything to any of them? I don’t know. It is like going to a funeral and trying to put words to a person for how sorry you are for their loss but all they can do is nod and say thank you when you know inside of yourself it really meant nothing. There is nothing that can make them feel better right then. I never know what to say to someone in those moments, so I wonder if not saying anything is really the better idea. I guess part of me thinks everybody else has already written articles and sentiments on it all, what is there left to write?
But I really wanted to write something so I kept asking God what to write. I told Him I wanted to write something of value. Something that would give someone a little something to hang their hat on in this time of need. Then the lyrics of this song came to mind and began playing over and over in my head and my heart. It is called “Hope Now” by Addison Road:
When my life is like a storm
Rising waters all I want is the shore
You say I'll be ok and
Make it through the rain
You are my shelter from the storm
Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free
I am not my own
I've been carried by you my whole life
May you find His peace and His help and His strength today. ~Marcie
PSALM 40:1- 3,16 & 17
I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
(2) He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
(3) He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord. ...(16) Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;Let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!”
(17) But I am poor and needy; Yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.
Dear God, Most Precious Heavenly Father, please be our hope and our strength today. For those who have lost loved ones and lost everything they have please be their shelter in this storm and the provision they need as they look around them wondering how they will go on from here. Forgive me Lord, for being selfish in my thoughts of complaint and worrying over what I think I need or for worrying over the things that to me are so important. But You, O God, have provided not just for today but for tomorrow. May we look to You, no, SEEK YOU, with our whole hearts for the rest and peace and care we need. In Jesus Name Above All Names, Amen.