What a weekend. We were able to spend incredible time with treasured family members in the light of tragedy. Thank you to all who prayed and continue to pray for my sweet Aunt and Uncle and cousins as they seek peace in moving forward.
To be honest, with such a heavy heart, it is difficult for me to write, or even to know what to write. It feels like no words are worthy in light of such pain.
But I know that moment by moment, we must move forward and live fully our lives, which could be gone in an instant.
As I cry out to God this morning, He has put songs in my heart. When my words aren’t enough, I want to share those songs with you today.
For those reading who have suffered loss, my prayer is that the words in these songs will bring you some kind of comfort.
Truly, in the wake of tragedy and devastation, I feel more confident than ever before that our time here on this earth is to be spent lavishly loving others in the name of Jesus, the name above every other name.
Waste no time on petty arguments or long grudges.
Urgently share the love of Christ, the hope of Christ, with your family, neighbors, and friends.
We are not meant for this world, friends.
The time we have is oh so short, “... our days on earth are but a shadow” (Job 8:9)
But “the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 4: 16-17)
The Lord is my light and my salvation —
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face! ”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.