Then Tuesday we got to see TSH give the pinnacle presentation of his grad student career. The man is now signed off by his committee as approved for a PhD in Engineering. He did such a stellar job on his dissertation that only one committee member even had any corrections. I’m just a little proud. 🙂
But in the midst of celebrating, I have been saddened by nationwide events. The Boston bombing is the obvious one, but reports of the Kermit Gosnell clinic, a shooting at a mall near us by one of my friend’s co-workers, and remembering the 32 killed at VT have me feeling surrounded by evil. The Texas plant explosion adds more heartache on top.
How should I respond to these things? I don’t want to just continue in my normal routine, or just pour over the news.
I am reminded of II Chronicles 7:12,
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
I think we don’t just continue on, we don’t just look for the good, but we pray. We pray for God to send revival to us, our towns, and our nation. One Cry is a nationwide movement of praying for revival, and you start by asking God to send revival to you.
We’re going to be praying tonight, for revival; for Boston; for West, Texas; and for victims; and I hope that you will join us.
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.
28 Let him sit alone in silence,
for the Lord has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust—
there may yet be hope.
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.
31 For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to anyone.