Broken Heart

Spiritual Practice of the Day:

God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open.
— Hazrat Inayat Khan quoted in The Exquisite Risk by Mark Nep

To Practice This Thought: Be thankful for those events that break your heart. (1)

Yesterday and today I’ve been thinking about what I might write in this devotion.  The month of October we are focusing on invitation and relational evangelism: making friends and looking for opportunities to point them to Christ.  In this week’s Friends & Faith class we discussed author and pastor Bill Hybel’s ideas from his book, Just Walk Across the Room to Develop friendships, Discover stories and Discern next steps.  But, what keeps coming to mind is what happens when we develop friendships with people who don’t have a relationship with God and they ask us questions like “why would God let that happen to Jessica?"

I feel completely unqualified to tell anyone how to answer questions like that.  I think things happen because we humans don’t always choose to act in appropriate ways; but I know that God is with us-always.  We don’t know all the answers to the questions that might come up when we build relationships and that’s O.K. Questions are good and offer opportunities for great discussions.  The senior high youth group, 707, is working through questions with a book titled, 99 Questions Jesus Asked.

Let’s not allow potential questions to stand in the way of our sharing the Good News that God knows how one feels when a child is lost.  May we not be afraid to share in the sad events of the day, as well as to rejoice in the good ones.  May the words of St Paul echo in our mouths:
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

God bless you, your family and your friends.  Our prayers go out to Jessica’s family and friends and all who mourn her loss.  I hope to see you Sunday morning at 9 and 10:30 as we gather to Love God, Love People and Serve the World.
Vikki

Here’s a link for tips on Dealing with Tragedies in the World with children of all ages: http://www.parentfurther.com/parenting/when-bad-things-happen/dealing-with-tragedy

(1) The Spiritual Practice of the Day from http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/

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