Friday, October 21, 2016

Each day is a journey through the desert.

Search for the LORD and His strength; continually seek His face. Psalm 105:4

If all of our human crucifixions are leading to some possible resurrection, and are not dead-end tragedies, this changes everything. If God is somehow participating in our human suffering, instead of just passively tolerating it and observing it, that also changes everything. –Richard Rohr

 Once again the Cry Out newsletter arrived to my inbox.
At 1:45 am early Monday morning, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi along with his entourage of advisors and military colonels announced in a nationally televised address, "The hour has come and the moment of great victory is near. I announce today the start of the operation to liberate Mosul."

There are somewhere between 700,000 and 1.5 million people who have been held captive by ISIS's brutal regime for over 2 years in Mosul. This is the largest city that ISIS has controlled and it was the place they declared the Islamic Caliph on July 4, 2014.

And I sit quietly before my LORD God. The One Who So Loved the World. Humble and helpless is okay, because He promises His strength. And somehow a memory bubbled up on my blog, a true story of some young Kurds who crossed the desert. And this story ties my heart up into a knot, bound with their pain.

In this way, I can be like Jesus. I can have His heart, His heart flaming with divine love, tender and broken.

May it be so.

Lord God, we come before you and ask you to turn our hearts and minds to you alone, to you who have power over the whole world and who can do everything in our hearts according to Your will. Let there be light in our time. Hear and answer the many prayers that have already come to you, rising for centuries before your throne, prayers for Your kingdom and for Your will on earth. This earth has become the prey of evil. We are poor and needy, and You alone can help us. Help us, O Lord, our God and Father. After this misery let Your day come, Your great day over all the world and over all peoples. Amen.