And yet, God, who is supernatural and Creator and The Almighty, has come down to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, to "comfort all that mourn in Zion" and to bring "beauty for ashes" in spite of the hurt and pain, He comes down through His Spirit to lighten the heavy loads of grief we must bear on this earthly journey. So it is, after moving back to Connecticut, my home state six months ago, I once again was taken back through the journey of major losses and heart-wrenching grief. In 3 weeks time, I had grieved the loss that comes by death of 9 people I knew either by family, friendship or acquaintance. I had relocated and started a new job and experienced the grief of losing the life the Lord built for me in Baltimore. Six months later, the most horrific event that I can remember in my native state, the loss of 28 people, 20 of them children in Newtown, CT just this past Friday. "Lord, this is so much to bear."
And yet, God who is my loving heavenly Father, and Jesus, my precious Savior and Lord and The Holy Spirit, my comforter and guide is with me at the toughest times of loss; when words cannot express loss and understanding of the magnitude of the events that I and so many others are experiencing should not be penned to words yet...we are just to be....that's how grief is...you can never understand the realms of grief: the unexpected crying, the trauma of loss, the sleepless nights, the nervousness and jumpiness of not being able to control the world around you. Turning it over to God is half the battle of surviving and thriving while crying yourself to sleep at night. Talking to God through prayer is the best medicine that will help you go to sleep at night. Resting in His Light and allowing the Holy Spirit to quiet your mind, brings recovery.
Today, in the midst of my own grief and the untold grief of families connected to the 28 who died, including the perpetrator and his mother.
We need more than ever to pray for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to prepare a people ready for His coming. The world is dark and getting darker still, but Jesus' light shines brighter, brighter and the brightest for a new tomorrow.
A dedication to the families of Newtown, CT:
May the God of peace keep your hearts and mind through Jesus Christ and the comfort of The Holy Spirit both now and forevermore. Amen.