For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Chuck Swindoll encourages us in his book Bedside Blessings:
“No matter how dark the clouds, the sun will eventually pierce the darkness and dispel it; no matter how heavy the rain, the sun will ultimately prevail to hang a rainbow in the sky. Joy will chase away the clouds hovering over our faith and prevail over the disheartening trials that drench our lives.”
On Friday I heard the horrific news of Paris being targeted with at least 127 people needlessly and randomly killed in calculated attacks. I will not even give a name to the group who terrorized Paris except to say they serve the enemy of our souls, the very real enemy of God.
The sorrow, fear, anger, and bewilderment that is hitting the hearts of the people in Paris, in France, and really, around the world is excruciating. And so we pray for God to bring them deep, deep comfort. There are many many lives that are full of personal pain as spouses lost loved ones, children lost parents, families lost sons and daughters, grandchildren and grandparents. Friends lost friends, neighbors lost neighbors. No one was untouched by the random killings. No one.
And yet God is still God.
The people of Paris are strong and they will heal. Always with a longing in their souls for earlier days where their loved ones were present, but they will heal. I pray they will find joy again because there is only so much despair the human heart can stand.
God is stronger than any terrorist group, and he can heal the hearts of those who seek Him.
September 11, 2001 brought this same kind of terror to America. We were in so much pain as our beloved country was violated. Paris stood with us back then . . . lets stand with them now.
Let’s pray that in time they find joy in the morning. Let’s pray everyone seeks the Lord.
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