One of my newer friends (thank you for Miriam and Shlomy, Jesus!) posted this on Facebook this morning, and I just started crying. It had been building since I got the news last night of 4 local teens in a deadly car accident about five miles from our home.
My friend lives half a world away. She and her husband minister to the lost in the land of Israel. She was asking us to pray for them as they embark on a mission today. Here is what she said...
"...please pray that we love in His love today and are kind in His kindness. May His presence prevail and not our ideas and plans for the future."
Even as I pray for my friend's successful ministry initiative today 6400 miles away, I am thinking about and praying for all those who know and love the dead and injured in this tragic accident.
To those of you locally who are ministering to the devastated today, please know you are being prayed for! I think of Isaiah 61:1 and 3 in this - -
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives . . . to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."
These verses are prophetic, speaking of the Messiah to come. Jesus Christ's coming and ministry and death/burial/resurrection fulfilled these verses. Those of you who have the third Person of the Triune God, the Holy Spirit, living within you - - - you are meant to fulfill these verses too by loving on the broken.
Don't spout these verses to them, but hold them in your heart. What the crushed need right now is your love, your presence, your tears flowing with theirs. Hold these verses in YOUR spirit, Christian, and believe, know, that our God is with us in our horrendous pain and that He will restore. He will keep His word. He cannot do anything less.
Much love to, and many prayers for, you all as you "love in His love today and are kind in His kindness"!