In Touch – April 19, 2013
Posted on April 19, 2013 by under Touché,

Boston-Evil Hits Home

Our marathon group was scheduled to take a road trip to Boston this past Monday to watch the marathon.  When we talked about it I forgot that I had a meeting scheduled with my Lead Pastors network and would be down at the Jersey Shore instead of Boston.  Others also had to cancel as well, so we were not in Boston for the evil that unfolded there.

My pastors group prayed this prayer Tuesday morning as the news of Boston was before us, I invite you to pray this as well:

 Gracious and loving God hear our anguished prayers of intercession

For your children whose lives were taken (Silence)

For your children whose families were devastated. (Silence)

For your children whose minds are capable of such evil. (Silence)

For your children whose hearts are searching for answers immediate and eternal. (Silence)

Speak, oh God, through the hands and feet of first responders. (Silence)

Hear, oh God, through our fumbling attempts at comfort and compassion

Know, oh God, with our suffering bodies and minds

Be, oh God, the salve on this gaping wound in our humanity

In Jesus name, Amen.

 This morning in my ChristCare group we dealt with chapters 6 and 7 of Revelation.  John portrays the unleashing of war, pestilence, famine and death; realities that were before the people of God in the first century and realities that are before the people of God in the twenty first century.  The seals that are opened and unleash this upon our world start with the image of the victorious Christ who rides the white horse before the horsemen of war, famine and death. The sixth seal that is opened shows the saints in worship before the throne and the promise that concludes for those who have been slain: for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Rev. 7:17)

John writes to a people confronting great evil, but he reminds them that evil is surrounded on both sides by the Lamb who was slain and is the one who has conquered.  Evil does not have the last word and never will.

“I think it’s fair to say this entire week we’ve been in pretty direct confrontation with evil,” Secretary of State John Kerry says.  It is in these moments that we are drawn closer into direct confrontation with the truth that the force of Christ is stronger than any evil that may be unleashed.   John was calling the faithful to hang on and hold on to greater truths in this world and he invites us to do the same in the events of this week.

Longing for tears to be wiped away, Taylor