Weep with those who Weep – Romans 12:15

angelLike you, I weep as I watch the people of Orlando mourn and the terrorists of Isis celebrate.  Throughout the night, I tossed and turned, the images of grief-stricken mothers, relatives, and friends anguishing in pain at the loss of those they love.   At times the news of such terror overwhelms, and we are tempted to despair.  The great C. H. Spurgeon reminds us, “The distinguishing mark of a Christian is his confidence in the love of Christ.”  I smile even as I read those words.   When the world around me falters, I can still stand strong in that love, knowing with utter certainty that His care for me has not changed and will not fail.

Colonel Kim Poole, retired from the front lines of Iraq, told our SLU 201 students that “the first line of defense against any enemy is a bended knee and a resolute heart.”   Whether the enemy is against a nation or against your own spirit, this is great advice.  If we harness the force of shock, anger, and even our fears, and focus these emotions into a ministry of prayer and compassion, each of us can be a part of a powerful movement that can bring down strongholds of spiritual forces and infuse comfort to those who grieve.

Jesus urged us to do good to those who hate you in Luke 6:27, and I can think of nothing more pure and powerful than to pray for hearts to be turned. It has happened before in history, and it can happen again.