April Mourning

Dear Mourners,

April is quite a month.

April 1993 , the explosive ending to the cult in Waco, Texas.

April 1995 , the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building.

April 1999 , the Columbine Massacre.

April 2007 , the Virginia Tech University shootings.

April 2013 , the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

“In the Lord I take refuge ; how can you say to me ‘Flee like a bird to the mountains ‘ for the wicked bend the bow, they have fitted the arrow to the string, to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart. Psalm 11:1,2.

Once more we watch human beings, brothers and sisters suffer needlessly as evil wages it's ways upon us. We cry out with the Psalmist and ask, ”Why! Why, must the good suffer? Why is evil allowed to run rampant in our world?”

The response from God may be less than fully clarifying or satisfying to us at this time. However, we do know that God “…hates the lovers of violence (Psalm 11:5).”  Jesus does not create nor desire violence and suffering.

In moments such as the bombing at the Boston marathon's finish line, Jesus felt the sharp-metal and bled with those who suffered. Jesus is with us in every moment of Good Friday. Jesus also was with the first responders, firefighters, police, FBI, blood donors, surgeons, medical teams, clergy, church communities and all who rushed to share compassion. Evil’s hope to create fear seemed overwhelmed and snuffed out by the overpowering signs of goodness and love that Jesus deployed upon the Boston area.

Jesus' light shines in the darkness reminding us that evil does not win the day. In moments of trauma, Jesus gives us a glimpse of the Kingdom of God as Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor. People from all walks of life set aside differences to serve and accomplish the will of God together.

April is a month we have seen Good Fridays' sting of evil in recent history. April is also the time of year we are boldly reminded of Easter's promise!  Sin has lost it's sting. Death will not have the final word! We mourn, we lament- knowing Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Steve Koerwitz wrote:
Thanks, Dave for your words; Jesus does indeed feel our pains and is always with us to bring light where there is darkness, goodness where there is evil.

I am saddened to hear on the Saturday morning NPR news that already there is backlash arising because the two suspects in the Boston marathon bombing were Muslim. I pray that God will indeed help us set aside differences and work towards peace, united in the will of God.

God's peace, Amen

Sat, April 20, 2013 @ 9:17 AM

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