Monday, April 22, 2013

Last week

I wondered aloud -- and sometimes not aloud -- what our world was coming to. I thought, "If we think it's bad now, how bad is it going to get before Jesus comes back?"

I was scared, didn't understand why and really just wanted to sit close to my TV while simultaneously hugging my husband and family...keeping them close. But then I remembered how this world is not the end for those of us who are Christians. I cried so hard during this last week when I remembered our pastor saying that the second we enter Heaven, Jesus will wipe away the last tear that will ever fall from our eyes. How comforting is that?!

None of last week's news stories are related, so I'm going to treat them as such. I don't have the gift for words in a sticky, hard, tough or sad situation, so please understand that. These two stuck out the most for me, so bear with me: 

Boston bombings: This made me sick. I was absolutely sick and heartbroken for those people who, during a time of so much joy -- finishing a 26.2-mile race -- felt so much pain. Our pastor said the Sunday before all of this happened how so many bad things happen on this Earth because of sin. I believe that completely, especially in this situation. I'm so thankful to the members of the Boston Police Department, the FBI and the governing bodies who captured the second brother and are questioning him now. My heart breaks for the families of those who lost loved ones, and I'm equally sad for those people who walked away from a race without an arm, leg and/or other body parts. I'm so sorry. I just kept saying, "How can you have so much evil hate in your life that you want to do something so horrendous to someone?" The answer: sin. Sin is evil and God hates it. 

West explosion: Perhaps this hit me more because it was so close to both of my homes - Dallas and Waco - but this explosion was hard for me. I physically ache for the immense loss of life in this situation and in this small community. I went to college at Baylor and live in the Dallas area, my grandmother lives outside Hillsboro and my best friend's in-law's live in West. People lost homes. Schools were destroyed. Families were torn apart. We watched the news and I kept asking my husband, "Can you imagine the complete and utter chaos there?!" It's not like a hurricane where you know it's coming so you have time to evacuate. These people had no warning. Some were likely putting babies to bed or watching TV when all of a sudden, the explosion occurred. Complete and utter chaos. I'm so thankful for those that wrapped their arms around this town. In the midst of the best day of the year for so many Baylor students, Diadeloso {"Day of the Bear"}, students gathered to pray for these communities. Many gave blood. Some gave money and donations. And this didn't just happen at Baylor. It was everywhere. People rallied around to honor and remember those who have been affected by this tragedy. 

All in all, I'm comforted by one of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:4: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Our pastor said something the Sunday before this happened that has stuck with me and I'll never forget: "Those who mourn like God mourns will be comforted like only God can comfort." 

Sorry for the drawn out post, but I knew I needed to get it all out. 

I'll be back tomorrow with something a bit more upbeat. 

1 comment

  1. Thank you for this post -- it WAS a tough week! Being from Boston, the marathon bombings hit very close to home, too close to be honest. It is amazing to see communities come together and help each other out. Your pastor's statement was so simple, and yet so meaningful! Beautifully said :)


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