Monday, June 1, 2020

Hope for a broken world

I've been trying to figure out what to write, but I'm at a loss for words. That's not a normal thing for me...words are my strength (the written word, at least). Right now, though, my thoughts and feelings and words are all jumbled up in my brain. It's like a big knot--a lot like when I've got a ball of yarn that's gotten all mixed up and tangled. I start pulling on one thing and start to think that I'm making progress, but then the knot just starts getting tighter. So I move to a new piece and start pulling on it...only to find that it is connected to the knot in another way.

Right now, I wish I could tie all my thoughts together. I wish I could come up with a nice, neat way to explain all the chaos that's in the world right now. But to be honest, I just don't understand.

I don't understand why people seem to think that violence makes things better.
I don't understand how burning down businesses honors a life senselessly taken.
I don't understand why everyone wants to rush to judgement, no matter which side they are on.
I don't understand why skin color has ever been an issue.
I don't understand why we let the media control us with fear and sensationalism.
I don't understand why people turn to yelling, insults, and hatred in an effort to "convince" people to change.

Our world is broken--it has been for a long time. You don't heal a broken world by breaking more, by causing division, or by spewing hatred.

The only way to heal a broken world is through the One who was broken for us.

"But He was hurt because of us; He suffered so.
Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed Him.
He endured the breaking that made us whole.
The injuries He suffered became our healing.
We all have wandered off, like shepherdless sheep,
scattered by our aimless striving and endless pursuits;
The Eternal One laid on Him, this silent sufferer,
the sins of us all."
Isaiah 53:5&6

We live in a world that needs to realize that there is only way to heal--we have to turn to the Healer. There isn't anything else in this world that can take all the hurt and all the pain away. There isn't a protest or a riot or an earthly court that is going to change the hearts and souls of man.

Our only hope is Jesus.

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