When Darkness Threatens and the World looses its Laugh.

The earth mourns and weighs heavy. Peace has been riddled with bullets of fear. Love has been beheaded and innocence bled dry in barren deserts. Even laughter has succumb to the darkness. It seems that the sun has distanced itself from earth and the end might be a relief from all of this.

With a cry from the depths of our soul, we refuse the encroaching doom, we cling to truth. We treasure life with every ounce of our being. We will not be overcome.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High

will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

This I declare about the Lord;

He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;

he is my God, and I trust him.

For he will rescue you from every trap

and protect you from deadly disease.

He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,

nor of the arrow that flies in the day.

Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,

nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

Though a thousand fall at your side,

though ten thousand are dying around you,

these evils will not touch you.

Just open your eyes,

and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge,

If you make the Most High your shelter,

no evil will conquer you;

no plague will come near your home.

For he will order angels

to protect you wherever you go.

They will hold you up with their hands

so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

You will trample upon lions and cobras;

you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

 

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.

I will protect those who trust in my name.

When they call on me, I will answer;

I will be with them in trouble.

I will rescue and honor them.

I will reward them with a long life

and give them my salvation.”

 

~Psalm 91~

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5 Comments on “When Darkness Threatens and the World looses its Laugh.

  1. So I’ve struggled, Brandi, with whether or not to comment on this one. Yes – the world we live in is a scary place, Yes – the Lord is our shepherd, protector, provider and companion, Yes – he (and we) win in the end. But, in the meantime, we have to live each day in this flesh and in this place he has given us. I do not accept the statement that love has been “beheaded”. I believe there is much good in this world and in the people around us. We just don’t get to hear about it as much as we should. I wish I could read in the paper or hear on the news about the good day your kids had in school – the new things they learned, the new friends they made, the fun they had rather than the evil that befalls innocent children at the hands of some lunatic with a gun. Let’s choose to be positive and to seek God to praise him and thank him for the blessings he has given us. Although, like many of us, I fall into the wrong camp sometimes, I have way more to be thankful for than I should ever complain about.

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    • I wish you could see my face right now… I am smiling a knowing smile. I hear you. Living in a dark place devoid of love is not healthy and it is very, very vital to life to choose the count-your-blessings camp. I whole heartedly agree that we have to live each day with positive glasses.
      This post wasn’t a “woe-is-me”, “the world is coming to an end” post. I don’t like to live there either. But I do think it is important to recognize pain, to acknowledge the hurt. If we don’t we don’t really feel the joy. The phrase “love is beheaded” was not a statement detailing the loss of all love. It was two words pointing towards those in Syria and Iraq that are being beheaded for their faith. I chose descriptions instead of details. Someone loved them, they loved someone and they lost their lives for loving God. By acknowledging their death I hope to show that we love and value the life they lived. The phrase about the “world loosing its laugh” was in reference to Robin Williams. We all are interwoven in this place called life, and to ignore another’s pain is also to ignore their value. And the scripture… it was not meant as a rote poem of stoic faith. It was meant as a beacon back to the One who gives us life, the life we enjoy, the life we savor. I wrote this not wallowing in fear for the end of the ages. But instead, as one who recognizes the very fragile life we all lead and the value of each and EVERY moment.

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  2. Brandi, “God is our refuge and our strength, and ever-present help in trouble.” Ps 46:1 He is our divine Protector. Hope I see lots of YOU and your family this coming weekend! Love, G.G.

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