Last week, my Monday post was all about welcoming the first day of the work week, with enthusiasm. A new week means a fresh start – and oh what a week it was.
Last Monday, President Trump delivered remarks at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. He stated, “”Every drop of blood spilled from our heroes in blue is a wound inflicted upon the whole country, and every heartache known by your families in law enforcement is a sorrow shared by the entire family of the American nation.” He later shared a link to a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 14 to May 20 as Police Week. A great way to start the week – right?
On Tuesday, a headline read, “North Korea considers abandoning the highly anticipated June summit.” We also heard that sadness was all the rage in pop music. Just another possible contributor to depression in our young people. What is going on?
The entire week was filled with congressional rhetoric, rather than accomplishing much. We were inundated with updates on the upcoming wedding across the pond, of an American actress and Prince Harry. All the past memories of the people’s princess, Diana were replayed including the tragic end of her life. We saw how even the rich can suffer great loss, yet they go on to get married, raise families to be future monarchs and live the life of luxury and extravagance. We go back and forth from one extreme to the other in the course of a few short days, don’t we? We’re engaged in a plethora of knowledge through technology. It’s entering our minds and causing us to overload and become confused, depressed and often distracted from the every day.
In the meantime, Hawaii is being told to stay in their homes or wear masks to protect themselves from the toxic fumes escaping into the atmosphere from a volcano which might explode at any moment. We continue to fight an opioid epidemic. Our churches are in declining membership. Our lack of religion or putting church on the bottom of the priority list seems to be the norm. By the end of the week, why were we not surprised or shocked by another school shooting? Ten lives were lost, some injured, others scarred for life. Yet for the rest of the world, life goes on.
In my little world, my husband had to have some dental work done. The $250 wasn’t exactly in our budget. Our neighbor died suddenly. I lost my debit card. The key to my car’s ignition is acting up and will also be an eventual strain on the budget. We began to tackle unpacking some of the boxes in our garage. They haven’t moved since we did, almost two years ago. I found my new Bible in one of them. I planted some flowers. We suffered aches and pains and allergy reactions, but we made it through another week.
Here it is, Monday again. If only we could wash away the ugliness of the past. If only we could eliminate the darkness within our world. If only we could find some good in our times of strife. Well, we can. It comes in the form of consistency and truth. We can see it in the faces of children. We experience it when we listen, concentrate and focus on the only One who never changes – the One who knows what we struggle with and gives us the strength to carry on. He’ll never leave us. He loves everyone with no expectations. He’s made it possible for us to share eternity in a place where there is no sorrow or pain. The truth is, all the ugliness has been washed away by our Savior, Jesus.
The world we live in will always experience trouble, pain, depravity, hatred, violence, but God has promised us a future, both here and after we die. He’ll never leave us – He’ll help us through our struggles – He’ll protect us from our most frightening adversary, the devil. That’s good news for everyone!
Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33