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I didn’t want to write this column, because I’m grieving and feeling empty. It was Valentine’s Day last week and
my heart was breaking. Another crazed psychotic murderer had brought his evil deed to a very soft target. He shot people at a large school in Florida. 17 people died. Many more injured. And
I am angry that it happened, that the media sensationalizes and politicizes it, and that another whole group of people – mothers and fathers, friends and family – are having to go through one of the most difficult times in their lives. I feel helpless – like nothing I can do will change this situation. It’s a situa- tion I’ve faced before, but I just hate having to go through it.
And so I pray on the morning of writing this column and contemplate what to do next – and realize that I
was wrong in thinking I was helpless. Because it was then that I remembered, “My help is in the Lord who made heaven and the earth.” (Psalm 121) I’m getting comfort in remembering that the intelligent Power who made
the universe billions of years ago, set
it in motion, and continues to sustain it and sustain life, and reaches out to me in person and knows my name and is offering help as my fingers hit the keys.
Now I remember that I am not helpless because I really do have a hope!
• I have hope because I have The Word
of God that inspires, directs, and per-
sonally helps me.
• I have hope because I know God is on
my side. Jesus said, “I am with you always, even until the end of the age.” which in my way of thinking is a long time!
• I have a hope because I know that if God is with me, who can be against me?
• I have a hope because I know in my
heart that what seems to be small, good things matter tremendously in the economy of God.
• And so there are things I can do.
I have a friend who is longing to
have a grandchild. She’s at that stage
in her life where she’s ready, but her married son is not ready. (This is hap- pening a lot today isn’t it?) So she struck up a relationship with someone at work who was a single mom who had moved to the community. This past Christmas she inquired what her new friend and daughter would be doing on Christmas Day, thinking they would be seeing family or traveling back home or something. But the Mom said, “It’s just the two of us... like every holiday.” So Linda invited them to spend the holiday with her and her husband, with great results of fun and deepening relation- ship. And at one point during the holi- day get-together, the little girl inquired if Linda would be her adopted grand- mother because she didn’t really have one. And with great joy and enthusiasm she said, “Absolutely!”
What’s great about America is that this story of Linda's is only one of mil- lions of stories across our land and our world that is bringing hope and love and literally the kingdom of God to earth. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” is what many of us pray. It’s so rewarding to actually watch God at work building relationships before my eyes.
I was wrong about being hopeless. I do have a hope in this world loaded with troubles. My hope is my relation- ship with Jesus who told me...
“I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world.” (John 16:33)
My prayer for you always is that you will have that hope that will mend your broken heart as it did mine.
Faithfully yours, Jim Gysel
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