Like so many others, I was deeply touched by the bombing attacks that took place at the Boston Marathon in the USA on Monday April 15th 2013. My heart felt the pain of that senseless act of violence on humanity, just as much as it grieved for the families, the injured and those who lost their lives. Like the millions, I asked the questions, ‘how can such evil exist in the world?’ ‘how can that which God created in the beginning and called very good upon its completion, render itself into something so sinister and evil in the end?’
My injurious disposition would soon be insulted even more by the wave of sickness that came upon my family, myself included that resulted in us having to go to the emergency room on two separate occasions this past week. Later, I began to second guess myself – what did all of this have to do with the column I had written ‘From Broken To Whole’
Something in your column today reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
Everything will be alright in the end and if it isn’t alright, then it’s not the end.
A scripture we’ve learned in grade school and have come to know so well through church school says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)
Mae West says, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
We may never get all the answers that we seek. And while we are sickened by the horrific tragedy of death, it’s important for us to remember to keep the faith, keep our spirits lifted with hope as we remind ourselves of the comforting words of God, that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Our loved ones who die in Christ, are now present with the Lord.
There are many however that have lost their way, trapped by the snares and the devices of the evil one Satan. They are in a place of desperation and torment – confused and not knowing which direction they should turn in. Death have encapsulated them and has stung them severely, while it has sunk its venomous teeth into their souls.
Now more than ever each one of us owe it to God to do the work of the ministry, to promote change, to be the change, and to reach out to the lost souls, thereby turning back their hearts to the heart of our heavenly Father. The truth is, darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
An act of kindness, an act of love carries life and, like the flame that burns from the candle top, can contribute to collectively raising the consciousness of a lost and dying world to God’s perfect gift. We owe it to ourselves to liberate from our own fears and the fear of death. We are meant to shine as children of the true light, Jesus Christ.
There is no wondering about God’s Spirit that was breathed into us for the purpose of giving life to us. That being said, let us begin to take ownership of this beautiful gift. Time to liberate our minds from the mental shackles fear and death and to –
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson