There’s the need for balance – to understand both our beauty and depravity. When you look around the world, it’s easy to get downright depressed, discouraged, and overwhelmed. I certainly feel that way sometimes. But in the midst of all this junk [including my personal junk], I’m also freshly reminded that when God created the universe and all that which it encompassed – including humanity – He saw and acknowledged that it was ‘good.’ That may be the most incredible part of God’s narrative story – right next to the Resurrection.
So, while we acknowledge the story of brokenness and sin, we can also acknowledge that God is at work – all around the earth – through the power of the Holy Spirit – to restore, reconcile, and redeem.
Locally, nationally, and globally, there have been [and always will be] a list of heavy, painful, and tragic things. The same week that the tragedy of Virginia Tech came to pass, I received an email from a Karen Christian brother I had met during my fall visit to Station 1o1 in Burma.
How are you? you are remember me. i am xxxxxxx. i would like to tell you last two year you will come to mae sot i sending you team to 101 area church. you are remember when you visit to 101 church you are sharing the message. in this time 101 area church is S.P.D.C attack and occupy. many people flee…please pray. [SPDC is the military ruling regime – State Peace and Development Council]
Heavy and painful stuff. The above isn’t just news to me; they are people I visited. Looked into their eyes; encouraged them to have hope; taught the scriptures in that church that is not occupied by the Burmese military.
Locally in the Quest family, as it has and will continue to be, there are plenty of stories. Why? Because that’s life. There are beautiful stories indeed but there are also painful stories. Tense relationships, marriages in crisis, cancer, sickness, addictions, and so forth. Painful stuff but this is where God’s work of restoration and redemption can take place.
I stumbled onto this guy’s blog who lost his dear brother to cancer this past year. His recent letter written to his brother gives me another glimpse of hope and beauty in a broken world.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:35-39]