Trying Times

28 “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30


This verse has served as a comfort to me over the years.  Even before I really became a Christian, the idea of someone letting me know that I could find rest, and give over my burdens or troubles.  As I came to work this morning, my thoughts continued the way they had all weekend.  Not far from my home we have had two shootings.  One took place Friday night after a concert.  A young lady was signing autographs and a man came up and shot her.  Then Saturday night, a man opened fire in a crowded night club, killing 50.  Then I found out this morning that the small town I went to college in had a murder suicide where a man shot and killed his wife, four kids, and then killed himself.  With all this going on, it would seem that this verse can be the comfort that many people may need.

In situations like this, it seems that many people chose to use this as an opportunity to make their personal agendas clear.  In my opinion, this is the last thing that people need.  They need us to show them the same love that Christ shows.  This is not a time to point fingers.  Instead, it is a time to join hands together and pray for comfort for the people who are trying to understand this tragedy.

For families dealing with loss, I feel that the greatest thing we can do for them is to love them.  They are grieving.  They are hurt.  Someone they love was taken out of their lives to soon.  Imagine the impact that we could have if we just offered a hug.  Not judgment, ridicule, or blame, but an example of love.  Instead of hearing about what Christ can do, imagine how great it would be for them to see what he does through our actions.

Take some time today to pray for the people affected by these tragedies.  Ask God what you can do to show them a love like Christ.