Hurt People, Hurt People

Hurt people, hurt people. We hear this in our life. We experience it in painful ways. Sometimes we even see it happen to others and it breaks our heart. The Conn. shootings are a grotesque display of true evil that brings such heartbreak and pain to so many. I got home last night around 11pm and for the first time began watching the coverage of this and my mind just could not comprehend such evil. Such heartbreak for these families. Such a blow to the community of family, neighbors, friends & teachers. How do we deal with this kind of deep pain? How do we see any kind of hope in a tragedy such as this? There is an old proverb that reads, "However long the moon disappears, someday it must shine again."  The thought that entered my mind was how anyone could endure this kind of pain apart from Christ. As you and I face hurt done to us by other hurting people in a very dark world, Jesus Christ is our only source of comfort and light to show us thru such pain. I am reminded yet again this morning that the Father cares about everything that concerns you, that grieves your heart & that makes you and I weep at times so don't be afraid talk to Him about anything and everything. The Light can shine even in the midst of darkness and evil. This evil is an example of the very reason God sent His son in the form of a baby to ultimately endure such pain Himself on the cross. A word of encouragement as you face pain, from Nick Vijicic, "Keep moving ahead because action creates momentum, which in turn creates unanticipated opportunities." We live in a dark world of evil but as followers of Christ, we can grieve, but with hope because of our trust and faith in Him. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author & perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross." Heb 12:2 We pray for the families of this horrific tragedy. Hug your friends, family and kids tightly today, but don't forget to let the Father hold you too. May our hearts grieve in the same way for those that don't know the love, hope and freedom from Christ as their Savior. Rodney Holmstrom


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