There are times for all of us when bad news comes. When the worst news we could imagine is told us, on a dark night on the phone. News we feel we could never bear ourselves. News about a crashing, crushing blow to someone we love. News that will break their heart, and breaks ours when we first hear it. News that defies all the helpful, hopeful, faithful words of eternal life that have been the foundation, the "solid Rock" of our own lives for all our years? What do we do?
We want to rail at the forces, the unthinking, calculating forces of the world's systems, and powers that have moved in like devastating bulldozers to crush the very life and spirit and hope and courage of people we hold dear, to pieces, to rubble.
We think of what, for them, could be broken forever. And we, who like to think we "trust and obey," who believe our own foundation is sure, feel the darkness rolling in. We feel the helplessness and hopelessness taking over in our own spirits, and in our own hearts the tears come. We weep for what we cannot change in this world, in our friends' lives, in our lives. We see all too readily the dark. We sense the abyss before us.
Perhaps mysteriously, mystically, we look - through our tears - to Jesus. Just that. We see Him before us, however we may imagine Him. We see HIm in the words He speaks: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." And the Jesus of those words touches us. He is the Way. He is the Truth. He is the very life of the world.
Jesus Whom God sent to us, is the answer - to all things. To our grief. To our dismay. To our helplessness. He is the One - with the answer. With the Light. With the direction. With the Help. "I will come to you," He says. "I am sending the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to hold you. To touch you. To tell you the Truth about the world. That God is Love, and I am love, and that love of ours can heal you, mend you, hold you up, show you the way back to Life. To living. To living with Me, victoriously, with "the Peace that passes all understanding." That steadies you, and the dear hurt ones who mean so much to you.
I am the One Whose arm around you can put you back together again, can steady your feet, and encourage your heart, and go with you in all the way ahead.
I am the One, He says. Look to Me, take hold of Me. I will show you the way. I will give you the words to say. I will help you be what you need to be.
He has already overcome all things. "In the world," He says, "you will have tribulations. But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Let Jesus show you the next step. And remember, your presence, your being there, is healing, and help, and hope. He will help you, every step of the way.
Pray as you go. Go with the One Who can help you more than any other.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. . ."