SHATTERED LIVES.

LAST SUNDAY’S EXPRESS NEWS HEADLINE READ “SHATTERED LIVES”. IT TOLD STORIES OF THE 13 KILLED AND THE 3 WOUNDED BY THE ACCUSED, MAJOR NIDAL HASAN, AT THE 2009 FORT HOOD MASSACRE. AS THE STORIES UNFOLDED OF THOSE KILLED AND INJURED, WE GOT A GLIMPSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL TRAGEDIES. A GLIMPSE….

WITHIN SECONDS, LIVES WERE CHANGED OR LOST FOREVER. DEATH, PHYSICAL INJURY, LIFELONG PHYSICAL PAIN AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS THAT MAY NEVER BE HEALED WERE IMMEDIATELY THRUST UPON UNKNOWING VICTIMS. BUT THE VICTIMS WERE MANY MORE.

BESIDES THE IMMEDIATE VICTIMS, HUNDREDS OF SPOUSES, PARENTS AND CHILDREN WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER FROM THIS EVIL, HORRIFIC ACT. THEY ALL NEED OUR PRAYERS. DAMAGES CANNOT BE UNDONE. BUT HEALING IS AVAILABLE TO ALL THROUGH THE GRACE OF GOD. OUR GOD IN HEAVEN, CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT ARE HERE FOR US TO SUPPORT US WHEN WE DON’T HAVE THE STRENGTH TO SUPPORT OURSELVES.

WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE TODAY, KNOW THEY NEED YOUR LOVE AND KINDNESS. YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT JUST BEYOND THAT GREETING SMILE IS A BODY WREAKED WITH PAIN OR A HEART FULL OF HURT OR DISAPPOINTMENT. OTHERS MAY NOT TELL YOU OF THE PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL PAIN THEY ARE SUFFERING, BUT ALL HAVE HAD OR WILL HAVE THE PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL PAIN THAT SEEMS UNBEARABLE.

REACH OUT TO OTHERS AS GOD REACHES OUT TO YOU, REMINDING THEM OF HOPE THROUGH HIS STRENGTH! IF YOU ARE CARRYING PAIN TODAY, EMOTIONAL OR PHYSICAL, YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS.

“FOR IT IS COMMENDABLE IF A MAN BEARS UP UNDER THE PAIN OF UNJUST SUFFERING BECAUSE HE IS CONSCIOUS OF GOD.” 1PETER 2:19 NIV