January 29, 2023
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2 Corinthians 1:3
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
2 Corinthians 1:4
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
America is dealing with yet another case of a Black man dead due to police brutality. Gone into the sunset is a young man described as a “beautiful soul” who was a son, father, brother, nephew, cousin, friend, and no doubt so much more to so many; a young man who had a passion for skateboarding, photography, and ironically radiant sunsets.
Because of witnessing or even just hearing about another tragedy at the hands of those who were tasked with the duty to serve and protect, people around the world are hurting, confused, seeking questions, afraid, angry, and a host of other emotions. They want justice. Make no mistake about it, God is a God of justice. Yet, in His unparalleled love, mercy, and grace, God can also forgive the unforgivable and change the most sinful of hearts for those who want to be changed. Thank God that His love, mercy, and grace is open to all.
But what can be said to address the daunting range of emotions and address all the questions that people have surrounding all this tragedy? While no one has all the answers, but God, one thing is for sure. God can fix what’s broken. He can heal the worst trauma and pain. God can restore hope, and He can lift the dark clouds so that the sun can shine again in even the darkest sky. God can mend where there’s hurt. He can heal where there’s pain. God can replace fear with courage and provide calm and peace where there’s anger. In God’s time, He can replace grief with joy. God can provide healing restoration.
Dear Father God,
Thank You Lord for who You are: the God of peace, love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace. Lord, in Your omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, You are also the God of justice. Lord, we ask for divine comfort through the Holy Ghost for those who are hurting, grieving, traumatized, discomforted, fearful doubtful, and hopeless by the ills that they or their loved ones have experienced or just by what’s going on in society around them. We ask for Your divine touch over their minds, hearts, bodies, spirits, and souls. And Lord, we ask for those who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior that they would do that today, right now, and that their hearts would be changed today, exemplifying a life committed to serving You. Father God, we ask You, as we believe and claim in faith, for healing restoration. We know that You can do all things.
In Jesus’ most precious and holy name we pray, thank You Lord,
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