The dim light

Watching in horror as Afghanistan falls to the Taliban.

I’m transfixed by heart crushing scenes that my husband is telling to set aside.

How can you look past this post from the New York Times?

In Tigray, Ethiopia, people are running from their homes as the fighting takes hold.

Southern Haiti was made rubble as a 7.2 magnitude earthquake ripped through it last weekend killing close to 2,000 people. The UN now estimates 500,000 children are without safe drinking water, food and access to suitable shelter.

The world is dark and fallen. All I can cling to is the thin hope that God is good.

He is sovereign. He is faithful and He promises to wipe every tear away one day.

One day there will be peace.

Isaiah 65:17-25 promises:

[17] “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.

[18] But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.

[19] I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.

[20] “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.

[21] They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

[22] No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.

[23] They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them.

[24] Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

[25] The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

It cannot come soon enough.

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  1. Suffering is always present, and it is to lose ourselves in focusing on that which we cannot change. And in that same image is the reassurance that a group of ordinary young men are taking the initiative to do something extraordinary merely because they can. I’m certainly no bible scholar, but the statement that, “Mercy triumphs over judgement,” comes to mind. And for each act of compassion that happens in front of a camera, I’m certain that there are many more that pass unseen.

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    1. Thank you. Your comment has been such an encouragement. This Helen Keller quote comes to mind.

      “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.”

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