Once again, grief and sorrow has invaded the lives of families and friends. This time, 1840 miles apart…from Boston to a small town, some may have never heard of–West, Texas. Although the scenes were different, the pain is the same–immeasurable. Hearts are broken, people died, injuries are substantial and grief is like a blanket of darkness covering the minds of all affected.
Some will call these explosions just coincidental . Some will dig deeper for hidden messages and spiritual meaning. Yet, some will write them off nonchalantly as “life happens”. Unashamed, I’m persuaded to believe nothing in life just happens! Whatever you choose to believe, the one thing I believe we can agree on is that pain is not prejudice. And as long as we live on this earth, pain is inevitable. Whether intentional or accidental, the one thing that these explosions, miles apart and different scenarios, has done is bring hope out of tragedy and turned our hearts and mind to prayer and solace in believing others are thinking about the injured and the many who face the pain of separation and grief.
When everything around us seems to explode, once again we are given the opportunity to embrace each other in love, offer words of comfort and pray believing that God hears and Jesus mourns with us, even though “evil” maybe rejoicing. But in the fullness of His time, there will be no more pain, tears and sorrows. This life, as we know it, will no longer be and those who believe and receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will be with Him in eternity. This is our hope in times of adversity and tragedy.
- Finding Hope in the Midst of Grief (hillsbiblechurch.org)
- Push through pain in prayer. (xxchristiangirl.wordpress.com)
- West, Texas mayor: ‘I ask for your prayers’ (khou.com)