Before I even begin to share the first reflection that is flowing through my heart today I must confess to you that I’ve been weeping – deep, free weeping. Why? Because of various conversations I’ve had recently with people and their own faith walk.
There are so many people that are hurting – I am beginning to believe that there are more people hurting than not, or so it seems, with those I’ve encountered over the past few days.
I guess that would be my FIRST reflection – let’s call them ‘walking wounded.’ There is a song that is from the production called “The Bride” (Reba Rambo-McGuire) which was out back in the mid-late 80’s, which starts out . . . “see all the wounded, hear all their desperate cries for help, pleading for shelter and for peace.” Then it shares about how we, the body of Christ need to gather around them and “come, let us pour the oil, come let us heal the hurt, let’s minister healing to them, let’s cover them with a blanket of His love . . . ” – it is a powerful song; one I used to often close out women’s retreats with – a lot of healing did take place as those precious women realized that they each had Christ in them and His love to help pour out healing balm into the wounded areas of others.
The SECOND reflection – let’s call this one ‘damaged goods.’ Another reason for my weeping. What goods are damaged? Us, our country, our very existence . . . Our country has gone SO far away from what it was intended to be . . . we NEED change . . . but how? WE must use our voices, our votes . . . our time, our money . . . and most of all our prayers. We can no longer sit / stand idly by and watch – we must speak up and help be apart of the change. The reason we’re in the mess we’re in is because we’ve been silent too long!
The THIRD reflection – let’s call this one ‘lost in the crowd.’ Simply take a look around next time you are out and about. What do you see? A flood of people rushing here and there with blank looks in their eyes. They seem so busy, yet so empty and without purpose at the same time. It is almost as if they were out there completely alone, lost in the crowd. What can I do to help change that? Hmmmm…..
This river of reflections flows freely with the ups and downs, the rapid waters of life, the twists and turns the rocks . . . on they come flooding through my thoughts . . . as each new thing comes to me, the time of reflection upon them causes me to weep. I can feel the Father’s heart for these precious ones who are struggling to stay on course. Struggling to find a purpose, some sort of meaning for their lives. His heart is breaking . . . He already took care of it all on Calvary . . . anyone who calls out to Him, puts their trust FULLY in Him, He will rescue them from the dangers of these rivers of destruction . . . but they don’t even think to ask!
Oh Abba Father, that song from a year or so ago that says, “break my heart with what breaks Yours” hit home with me, and I asked that those words apply to my own heart . . . You answered, Lord, You answered, and now I am overwhelmed. Show me what to do next. Give me the words to speak. Lead me in how to reach out to those around me with Your compassion. Oh Abba, my heart IS breaking for these things you have brought to mind, but it is not enough for me . . . now . . . Lord, I need wisdom and direction as to what steps to take next. For Your glory, Lord, and for the furthering of Your Kingdom. Amen.
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