Loss of Innocence:
Today is Valentine’s Day and a day that should be filled with loving those you have been blessed to live life with, but I sit and watch the sadness of another school shooting. Deep down in my soul I ache and cry for the innocent lives lost and the innocent lives scarred once again. As a public school educator, my heart is breaking. I hold the tears back and just wish that I could make the world a better place for every child. I look back on this year and the loss of two young lives in my community who chose to take their own life to end the pain deep in their soul that could not be filled. I find myself once again praying hard for the students that I love each day who just need someone to say good morning, call their name, and make them feel important, put clothes on their back, and food in their bellies. I pray as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 teaches, “Pray without ceasing,” God has blessed me with the privilege of watching children struggle and bloom, yet either way I walk in a world where children just have different lives. I ask the questions Why? But I already know the answers.
Loving thru the Darkness:
I watch the news coverage of the shooting, and again I ask Why? Why God is there so much darkness in the world? Then I remember that Man made the choice that brought sin into this world, and no one is immune from the darkness and pain that sin brings not even an innocent child. Genesis 2:17 explains, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” It is hard, so hard to watch the lives of so many children, and it is hard to accept the loss of young lives cut so short in their prime. To know their dreams, their families dreams are shattered in one brief moment, yet I feel so blessed each day to go to work and serve children. My prayer has always been that I am a catalyst that brings some hope, love, and joy to their lives. I pray to God that I am an example of your love for these children you have placed in my life and that I am able to touch their lives each day, each month, each year. As 1 John 2:6 reads, “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” May my walk show Christ.
Walking in the Light
“Walking in the light may sting a little, but it is far preferable to life in the dark. And on top of that, it is the only way to healing.” -Jared Wilson. I read this quote at church on Sunday morning and it just resonated with me. I have been searching the scriptures this week and seeking the light in the darkness of our world because scripture is clear in 1 John 1:5, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” To walk in the light is to walk with the Lord. God’s light is the one true light that can bring healing into my life, my students lives, and our world. A world that is hurting and in need of so much healing light. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”Psalm 147:3. I know that seeking the light will bring healing in the darkness. 2 Corinthians 4:6, ‘For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.’
Following the Light.
When my heart is broken from the darkness of the world, I seek healing in the light and I find comfort in his word. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105. These words of light written so long ago in such a different time, but yet so relevant today because God knew that the darkness would never leave and his people would need to continue to seek the light. Comfort is what his word brings to my life. I pray for a country that will heal in the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 and bring comfort to others, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” I pray that I can bring comfort into the world or at least the lives of the children I love each day. Ephesians 5:8, “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”
Closing Verse: ‘Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”‘ John 8:12
Challenge: Do you find yourself in the darkness? Does the pain of the world seem hard? Seek the light of Christ for your life, so you can Be the Light for someone else who needs to find their way out of the darkness.