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- As of this recording, we are/will have celebrated Memorial Day in the United States.
- While Memorial Day is a day of barbecues, sales and merriment for some, the true purpose is to remember those who gave their lives in service for our country.
- For many families, this Memorial Day is marked by extreme grief and sadness as they remember family members who have been taken them from in an evil manner–through gun violence.
- How do we work through our questions and emotions? Jesus is the answer.
KJV Scripture references
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18).
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:28).
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:2).
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (Matthew 24:12).
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:16).
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28).
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
Casting all your care upon Him;(Jesus) for He careth for you (I Peter 5:7).
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (I Peter 3:15).
BCUFam, this was a hard tough topic for me to talk through—as a parent, a lover of people, especially the elderly and children, these shootings were a bitter pill to swallow. And on top of that, to see people denouncing God, saying prayers are useless, the fighting about legislation/gun reform, all this blame being passed around—-and sporadic focus on the families who are going through—it was too much for me to carry. I had to take my emotions to Jesus–and I am grateful to Him to taking care of my heart and spirit.
Imagine those who are having a hard time turning to Jesus. Or maybe those who do not know Jesus like we do. The families and friends who are angry, sad, grieved–they need someone to intercede in prayer, to be there for them, perhaps to comfort in words or physical presence, to know that there is hope in Jesus. There is work to do BCUFam, and the only way we can hear and do what God says is to stay connected to Him, so we can be properly equipped to respond to what we see and hear with the answers God gives us, thereby being a blessing in word and/or deed to all who we come in contact with. Amen? Amen!
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