“We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction. Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed.”

– Lamentations 3:47-48

There has been quite a lot of destruction going on around the globe recently. Things that get front page headlines like the two horrific tragedies in Northern Africa, first a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Morocco killing 2,900 people, then the massive flood in Libya killing unknown thousands more. Not to mention the hurricane that hit the shores of Florida and the one heading for New England today. And then there are different dangers creating real fear, like in Pennsylvania where the escaped murderer is on the loose and schools had to be shut down for children’s safety.

Tragedies. All of them. Yet, God’s Kingdom still reigns.

Sometimes it’s hard to grasp that God is still in control, when darkness seems to be everywhere we look. Just a few days ago was the 22nd anniversary of 9/11. Remember how that tragedy brought our nation together? Yet now it’s more divided than ever before? And we ask so many questions as to why…

God’s Kingdom still reigns.

How do I know? Remember Noah? That was the biggest global tragedy our world has ever seen. Only one family survived! And God’s Kingdom reigned. Remember all of the wars that took place in Israel? So many slaughtered. But, God’s Kingdom still reigned, His people endured. Remember when Christ died on a cross? Darkness fell, and what happened next? God’s Kingdom STILL reigned and Jesus rose from the grave!

Tragedies are going to happen all around us. But I know, that no matter how dark, no matter how bleak, no matter the heartbreak, the sorrow, we have a God who is mightier, who is gentle, who is compassionate, who is there to help us weather these storms.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

– Psalm 147:3

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

– Matthew 5:4

My prayer this month is that we don’t look to our political leaders for aid. We don’t scroll through social media digging ourselves deeper into the darkness. But rather, we put on the armor of God, we don’t retreat, and we actually live intentionally as a light, a beacon in the darkness, sharing the hope of our Lord, the redemption that lives in Him, and invite those who are suffering into the community that He provides us.

You are loved,

Bayley Holt



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