Today marks two weeks since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. I am still emotionally raw; I can’t watch the news right now because every time they mention Sandy Hook Elementary my eyes well up with tears. This is Christmas time–it’s supposed to be a season of Joy! But how can I be so joyful when my heart and very soul ache?
When I was a kid, my mom would watch the news and yell at the TV “God, what is wrong with this world?” Another expression was “Lord, give me strength”–especially when something frustrated her.
As I was raising my own children, I found that I mimicked my mother and would often ask the Lord for strength. As the kids got older, and our exposure to life expanded, I found I would often wonder, “God, what is wrong with this world?”
Through news reports I have lived through wars, lived through the 9/11 tragedy, hurricanes and another school shooting, where innocents were taken away from us. Again I stood in front of the TV and yelled “God, what is wrong with this world?”
Yesterday I bowed my head in prayer asking God to give me strength. Strength not to get so frustrated with what I am hearing in the news that it takes away my joy. Joy in the life that God has given me. I also prayed for those who do not have joy, that God will bless them, too. I think I now realize why my mom would ask God and the TV for strength for what is wrong with this world!
As we bask in the glow of Christmas, I ask all of you to pray for strength. Strength for our nation, strength for those whot have lost so much, and strength for yourself, too. Strength that you can lift others with the Joy of the Lord in you this Christmas season!
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seeds to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.
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