I’m honestly grasping for words right now. I feel caught in some strange tension.
Sometime later this afternoon, one of my best friends and his wife will celebrate the birth of their precious baby girl. And on this same afternoon, some 26 families will mourn the loss of their precious loved ones, many of them children, because someone maliciously attacked a Connecticut elementary school.
My social media feeds literally just blew up with people questioning God and lamenting over why this would happen. I have no answers, but somehow I have hope.
Romans 8 poetically describes what we probably all feel.
“…That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.” (Romans 8:18-21 MSG)
Other translations of Romans 8 use the phrase “creation groans.” It simply means that you are not alone in your soul’s longing for perfect peace, a world with no pain and suffering, a world with no loss, a world with no heartache.
It’s the reason on days like today, where I feel caught in the tension, I find rest in knowing that my soul groans and longs for that coming day. The day where love wins, hope reigns, and peace prevails.
If you’re like me, and caught in that tension, there is hope.
Join me today, and throughout this Christmas season, in praying for these families. As a parent, my heart is so heavy for them. I’m simply praying for God’s overwhelming, indescribable, perfect peace.