I personally like to live in a bubble when it comes to the Local, National and World News anymore. It is primarily a report of violence, hatred, and conflict. I like to be informed on the surface, but ignorant to the details. I find it helpful in keeping at bay worry and anxiety for what the future holds. I attempt to place my confidence in God and knowing that He is omniscient and omnipotent. HE is in control.
Even so, a tragedy this disturbing stays with you. Yesterday and today, I have stopped for brief moments throughout the day to pray for the families affected and the Newtown community. I cannot fathom the hurt and the pain they are experiencing. And each time I ask myself to pause and comprehend their sorrows, it brings an ache to my heart and tears to my eyes.
I've read and listened to some of the thoughts and opinions of others: We need gun control. We need to invest more in our mental health system. We should have been doing this and we need to be doing that. Maybe so, but what I really believe we need is revival in this nation. We as a nation, as states, communities, and individuals have put God away and made very clear that He is not needed, much less wanted. We are pushing him out of our schools, our workplace, and most importantly, our homes. I will be the first to admit that I am guilty here - I am not the Christian I ought to be, not even close. America needs revival and as I hear our Preacher say time and time again, let it start with me.
I mostly wanted to share with you the words to one of the hymns God has brought to my heart today. It's based on 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Please pray for the community and families in Newtown and for revival in the hearts of America's people.If my people, which are called by name, shall humbles themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Thanks for reading.
December 15, 2012