Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lighten our darkness, Lord.

Photo: We “Weep with those who weep.”
~ Romans 12:15

Our prayers and hearts and gut-wrenching grief are with Connecticut tonight.
{photo via Jennifer Dukes Lee}
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! Let your reason be known to all everyone. The Lord is at hand. 

But I can’t imagine that there is too much rejoicing going on today in our country or even throughout the world. Rather, there is great sorrow at the events that happened on Friday in Newton, Connecticut, or in 22 children and elderly who were knifed by a madman in China in the same week. Rejoicing just doesn’t seem to fit. More like sorrow and grief. 

The prophets words we just sung seem out of place: Comfort, comfort, ye my people, speak ye peace, thus saith our God. Tell her that her warfare is over.
Surely as John the Baptist sat in a madman’s prison – imprisoned because he preached the word of God – he wondered the same thing the whole world has been asking these last few days. The same question we asked on 9/11 and at Columbine and at Aurora, Colorado. The same question moms and dads ask as they pray for their little one in the NICU. Why, God?
For the rest of the sermon, by Pastor Mark Lovett, follow one of the links below.

Read the full text of the sermon here.

You will hear Christ preached. 
You will find rest for your soul.

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