God Is With Us

Dear Friends,

In my opinion, it's not easy to put into words anything very helpful during times of tragedy and difficulty like what we faced here in Indianapolis last Thursday with the shooting at the Fed Ex building near the airport, and like what we have faced in recent weeks (and in recent years!) with gun violence all over our country. We often struggle to make sense of what just seems to make no sense. Sometimes there just are no words.

So, I appreciate those who make the attempt to find words and point us in a useful direction. For our local news, we often watch Channel 13, and I have come to appreciate the insightful newscasting and wise commentary of anchor Scott Swan. To me, he wears his faith fairly openly for a public figure. Last Friday, within twelve hours of the Indianapolis tragedy, Scott posted these words on Facebook:

Where do we turn [in the face of these events]?

God's Word. Scripture reminds us that He is with us.

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18)

Remember that God doesn't leave us alone when we face tragedy. He walks through it with us.

"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)

Remember that God is your strength.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)

Remember God is your source of peace.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)

God is still on the throne.

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." (Psalm 42:11)

Friend, talk to God about how you're feeling. He knows you. He cares about you. He loves you.

Sometimes when there are no words, it turns out that there are words.

Grace and Hope to you,

Pastor Duane