The painful in between

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 21:3-6

From the hope of finished work on the cross for those that believe – the covering of sin and reconciliation to our creator. It leads to the gift of the Holy Spirit that indwells giving peace beyond understanding. But… we still wake in a broken world and come face to face with our own brokenness when hate and violence play out not as the dramas that entertain us but the real life news we hear.

Perhaps showing our attempts to be gods, we make the news a political issue; ‘we could fix this if…’ but the reality is that we can’t fix it. We exist in the painful in between. We grieve. We weep. We long to see things made right. And we hold onto the hope that we have. The hope that it is true that Jesus will wipe away every tear and death shall be no more. The hope of “It is done!”

As we wait, we live to bring peace among our neighbors and serve those that need serving. We work to end the violence because we know the One that will end it once for all. And we trust in God and his keeping. We trust that good is on its way for his glory and our comfort. Pray with one another. Love those that are hurting. Worship. And weep.

 

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