I'm writing this post due in part to a chain of events that have happened beginning last Friday and continuing to this day. One being Wayne Jacobsen mentioning first on his blog and then on the God Journey Podcast about the horrific situation in Kenya. Just another horrific display of God deprived hearts, souls, and minds creating such suffering that no one should have to experience. Wayne has provided a way for those who feel so led to reach out and help some of our brothers and sisters in their time of need. The cycle violence that touches everyone that is alive in this world is one of those things where I long to see a beautiful change happen. I'm so past ready for things to be set right.
Another place I long to see this happen hits closer to home and seems to also affect us all. I long to see broken and struggling relationships healed. Parents and children, siblings, spouses, friends and neighbors experiencing a beautiful change that ends the strife that continues the cycle of hurt and damage...the type of hurt and damage that led us to the broken/dark places to begin with.
I want to lay down the weapons (of which there are many) that we have all become so accustomed to use against others in an attempt to protect ourselves. It's an illusion and it protects no one. We continue to hurt ourselves as we hurt others.
And like the post the other day, this post is not directed at anyone. These events have a way of causing me to look at myself and take ownership of the choices I make that stand in the way of this beautiful change I long to see. I just think there are some Spirit groanings going on inside me today? And when that happens, the contrast between the dream of God for us all, and the hope that dream has birthed in me, stands in stark contrast up against the black backdrop created by the hunger for power and dominance (and getting our way) that this world suffers under.
And as Wayne ended an email exchange with me today I end this post here.......Maranatha! Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly!