Obia, Yesu, Obia.

“I have seen the many faces of fear and of pain. I have watched the tears fall plenty from heartache and strength. So if life’s journey has you weary and afraid, there’s rest in the shadow of His wings.” -Jeremy Camp

Today my heart is heavy.

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I read the news last night of the shooting in Kenya. 10-15 gunmen attacked a mall, all Muslims ordered to leave, while everyone else were shot at.  59 dead. Over 200 injured. 30 possible hostages.  The numbers are still rising and the story is yet to be over. I think of the families member who got calls, who saw the news, who cried a million tears and felt as though their worlds were shattered. The children who survived are forever scarred by an innocent trip to a mall with their parents.

 

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Then today I read the news of Pakistan. A suicide bombing at a Christian church.  78 killed. Over 120 injured.   Those killed are resting at the feet of Jesus, forever whole, forever at peace in His presence. Those who survived will either chose to be stronger in Him, or will fall away and blame Him.

The world doesn’t make sense sometimes.

But at the same time, it makes perfect sense.

Jesus is going to come soon.

And when He comes every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.

Including the gunmen and the bombers.

So, we wait.

As we wait for His return, I pray for His perfect peace for the Christians as they face persecution. I pray for the injured and traumatized that they may find healing in Him. I pray for comfort from the families who have lost loved ones and will continue to lose loved ones.  I pray for His boldness for those who will preach His good news to those who are yet to know of the Savior who became small enough to save.

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. -Hebrews 12:1-3

Like the children in Onyerai village sing: Obia, Yesu, obia.

Come, Jesus, come.

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