Loving in the Midst of Tragedy

In light of the past 2 weeks, tragedy seems to be flooding our world. Mass shootings, tragic deaths, miscarriages, abortions, people being killed for their faith, children dying, and I could just go on and on. Literally, this has been just a trying time, not only in America, but around the world. It’s easy to see how many are questioning “Where is God? Why is He allowing this to happen? Where is the love in this?”

I have seen many remain silent the past 2 weeks, including myself. I decided to stay silent because honestly, I’m scared to offend, hurt or even push someone further from the Lord. So The Lord brought me to a scripture:

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” -Isaiah 61:1-3

Wow. It’s amazing how a simple scripture can convict and empower you in the same moment. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” Then the scripture continues by telling me I am anointed to bring the good news, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to comfort all who mourn, to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, and on and on. Reading this scripture, The Lord spoke to me and said, “Why would I want you, someone who has hope, to remain silent towards people who have lost hope? Where is the Love in that? I have called you to love even when you don’t understand how. Let Me help you. Even when you don’t have the words to say. Let Me speak through you. Even when you are to tired to. Let Me give you rest.”

Oh God, why have I ever doubted You? Why would I even forget that You are the strength inside of me? 

I urge you brothers and sisters in Christ, please don’t be silent. Spread the hope of all nations. Don’t hide your treasure under a rock when times get tough, and bring it out when ministering is easy. Love those you don’t understand. Pray with and for those who need the Lord. Serve one another. Give all that you can so that at the end of the shock and awe of all of these tragedies has faded away, what’s left is an understanding that there is a God, who has a Love so deep, that He sent His only Son to save the lost and brokenhearted. There is a God who loves you beyond comprehension and is pursuing a relationship with you. There is a Father waiting to comfort His child. 

There is always hope and His name is Jesus. There is always Love and His name is Jesus. 

If we as Christians remain silent, how are people supposed to hear the Good News? Our lives are our greatest testimony and if we fall back in tough times, what does that show? We need to be pursuing those who are mourning, pursuing those who are brokenhearted, pursuing the lost, because that’s what Christ did for us. He pursued us. He loved us. 

Let’s love those around us even if they are different, even if their tragedy looks different, even if we don’t understand. We are called to love. So let’s do it. 

"We love because He first loved us." -1 John 4:19

With love,

Katie