We cry for the people of Bangladesh who suffered the death of loved ones in a tragic cyclone. We mourn for those who died without knowing Christ, whose cries from an eternal hell cannot be remedied. Our hearts ache for the parents whose children were lost, and for the children who live in a world that they must now rebuild.
When I was a child I used to write poetry, and as I look back through the handwritten pages in my time-worn binder, I see that I wrote frequently about human suffering. I was young and impressionable and the injustice in the world played a large part in the formation of my character.
Forty years later tragedy is still a part of life. How grateful I am, however, to know Jesus. Through my faith in Him I now have access to the throne-room of God. In that holy and powerful place, God’s children can lay their prayers for a hurting world directly at His feet. The Bible says in Hebrews 4:16, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most”.
Like the formative words in my poetry binder, I encourage you to notice what realities arrest your true character. Your natural inclinations may be bottled up. Pop the top, let the tears flow, and empty yourself at the feet of your God.
Isaiah 30:18 NLT Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 1/11/2009 12:39 PM