This week has been filled with grief. Myself and numerous others are heavy hearted about what is happening here in Tupelo and in Dallas. I also went to a funeral of someone who had their whole life ahead of them. A precious soul who’s addiction defeated them.
Earlier in my life I would have just climbed into bed, pulled the covers over my head, and tried to pretend these things didn’t happen. However, today is different. It is different because I have hope. I have a Savior who promised in Romans 8:28 “in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”
During the midst of these events, Satan is trying to kill, steal, and destroy. But I keep reminding him the victory belongs to our God! You see, I have attended three community prayer vigils this week…count them…three! That means our community recognizes we need to come together. We realize as it states in Ephesians 6:12 “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” I have seen numerous pastor’s joining together in unity and this my friends is what it takes for revival! Laying down our own agenda for Christ’s agenda!
While I was attending one of the vigils, I was reminded about how His light shines more brightly when we are surrounded by darkness. Well, needless to say, it has been dark! Jesus, shine your light on our community, on our leaders, and more importantly…in us..so we can bring other’s to You!
During the funeral, we all were at peace because we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt this individual was in heaven. The preacher challenged us not to just hold our Savior’s hand, but cling to Him. The reason being…when we are just holding His hand, we can turn away and seek our own way. However, when we are clinging to Him, we are seeking His face and His will alone. Let us all hold onto Him for dear life and help other’s remember to do the same. Let us join together and become One Body so we can reach more for His glory and they too will have hope and an everlasting life! Amen?