I read this passage a few days ago in my devotional, and thought it spoke to the core of what went on throughout the country this week.
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…A time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 8
When you think of it, at the heart of most religions- Christianity included- lies the promise of better days ahead. There can be no doubt that we’re living through some pretty tough times right now (yes, I’m well aware of the issue of preeminence wherein each generation feels like they’re living right before the end-of-days, but seriously…). But given all that we’ve endured this week right here in America, to say nothing of problems around the world, it’s safe to say it has been a long week.
Despite this, in the end I rest confident that there will come a day when the final battle is fought and won, and divine peace rests upon us all. Between now and then, we may come to pass and the earth may change, but there is a promise of better days.
Thou shall not hurt nor destroy…for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
To borrow a phrase I read in a book: It is evil that exists because of man’s sin, and ironically, it is used as a means for providing and ensuring peace. As the late President Ronald Reagan stated “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on to them to do the same…”
My hats are off to Boston’s finest, the first responders in West, Texas, those searching through rubble in China, Pakistan and Iran for earthquake survivors, and everyone else who did/is doing good work this week to help others in need. From the bottom of my heart: Thank you.