Today I had the incredible joy of taking my daughter outside to see the snow for the first “real” time. She is almost one year old and she is certainly engaging the outdoors more than she was at just a few months old. During my lunch break, we put on our snow suits and headed out into the 8 inches of fresh snow in the backyard to sit in, to eat, and to make snow angels in the peaceful, white powder.
However, as I returned to work, and I sat down at my computer, it became all too real to me that all of that peace, serenity, and joy that I experienced at home is not the world that many people are experiencing today. There are 10’s of thousands of people seeking shelter from the war and devastation that is happening in their homelands. I was reminded of this as I once again saw the picture of a toddler who had drowned as his family was fleeing Syria. I saw a news article about a woman in St. Paul, MN who had poisoned and suffocated her 5 week old son and attempted to kill herself as well. I even talked to my brother on the phone and he shared of his evening last night where he tended to a young man who was shot in the chest during a drive by shooting and how he waited with him until the paramedics came. Thinking all was well, he left that evening only to find out this morning that the young man had unfortunately lost his life.
In my heart, the contrast was stark and I was reminded once again of just how glad I am that this world is not our home. My heart aches when I read or hear of these things. I have to wonder how God’s heart must ache as well at these things.
For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
I long for the day when these headlines will no longer happen, but let’s continue to praise God and do good to others instead of just sitting idly by and watching the world “fall apart”. Let us be the ones who welcome the suffering. Let us be the ones who give hope to the hopeless. Let us be the ones who hold the hands of the dying. I am thankful we have a God who is active and who is desiring to make all things new.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”