Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Photo by Tee-Tee Barnes, 2015
O LORD, on this solemn day how can I sing Your praise? My heart cries out in pain for the loss of so many today. I am grateful to You Lord for this day I've made it through the protections You've given me O LORD, I fall to my knees. Please God, don't be angry when my gratitude is not all it should be as my heart and my soul they bleed for those who cannot feel so free to honor and glorify Thee.
do we praise God in the midst of this tragedy we’ve witnessed this past
week? How do we thank God for everything, when we watch such wrongs
unfold and so many people hurting as their loved ones die?
I’m not going to pretend I have all of the answers because I’m as stunned as you are. I’m as horrified and saddened as you are.
It is so hard to feel like thanking God for anything when we witness such awful events. But that’s the thing about giving thanks. It lifts our spirits. It brings us to a more peaceful place. Rested from restlessness.
Maybe it’s that we just give Him praise for who He is. Be thankful that He is the God who knows all, sees all, and as Anne Voskamp so aptly wrote in her blog post For Paris:
“...we fall to our knees before the Wounded Healer who cups His hands to catch every falling tear and sparrow and breaking heart in His palms, palms that have our names engraved right into Him far deeper than any of earth’s sorrow.
We pray for Paris, pray to You Who catches everything falling so we don’t fall apart, pray that the City of Love feel our fierce love, and the courage of a globe of prayers, and the rising Light that cannot be overcome by the dark,
that cannot be afraid of the dark, that will always, always, always crush the dark. In Jesus’ name… Amen.” ¹
and amen. We fall on our knees in prayer for those who are needing
God’s light and we thank God for being the light in our world that never
is falling apart in your world where you live today? I encourage you to
go to a quiet place, fall on your knees, humble your heart before the
Lord, and thank Him for who He is and for just being with You. Perhaps that is the only way to give thanks in such a time as this.
From My Heart to Yours, Marcie
For Further Meditation: Psalm 28; 56:8; John 8:12; 1 John 1:1-10