Jul 20 8:13pm – Yes, it is just another day for most people but, for me, the 20th of each month will be a day when I likely will take pause and have a few moments of silent prayer and meditation. Thank you for following me through my day today. I assure you, this will not happen very often – we can’t dwell in the past. But, I do appreciate your indulgence and reminiscing.
As I write, I consider the pain and loss that is all around us all of the time. And I am especially sensitive to it now, it seems. This early morning when I started to receive news via Twitter about the massacre in Aurora, I couldn’t help but cry about the sudden and meaningless loss of innocent life – at a midnight movie, of all things.
And maybe some of you are watching the tragedy unfold in Syria – civil strife, refugees, bombing, political rape and assault, and what else?
Politics aside, please, but I ache for the almost 2,000 American men and women who have died in Afghanistan and the 4,500 who have died in Iraq – and what about their families? But what of the total human loss of all races and beliefs in Afghanistan and Iraq to date? It is estimated almost 870,000 people have been killed due to the wars. I have friends – you have sons – who are in Afghanistan right now. I pray that God will protect them and bring them home safe. But I pray for the safety of all in those parts of the world – men, women, girls, boys.
The point is this – I grieve and mourn for Regina. I will do this for years if not for the rest of my life. And many of you will grieve for Regina and for the losses that you have had and will have in your lives. This is appropriate. But Jesus is not just my own personal Savior – he is the Savior of all of mankind. I can’t shake the idea that, in a world where we think there need to be absolutes, we are unable to grasp this absolute: A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. And the rest we need to work out with faith, patience, and understanding.
In my grief, I am understanding more and more about the healing power and empathy of Jesus for all people. I hope that I can bring spiritual peace and healing to others – to do this I must unwrap and dispose of my own selfish biases and then reach out to anyone everyone who needs spiritual healing and comfort. I need to be able to walk the extra mile, give up my jacket, and turn the other cheek (Matthew 5-7). Our grieving can’t just be about us, can it?
I pray I can do this for all of those who don’t know Jesus and his powerful remedies – I’m ready to lend these good people a loving hand and a listening ear.
Thanks for being my friend. Thanks for being with me today.