take heart, for i have overcome the world

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” [John 16:33]

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” [Psalm 30:5]

The other night I stood in our kitchen, half heartedly cooking dinner, and stared out the rain streaked window. It never rains here. It hasn’t really rained in what feels like months. But last night, amid the horror and heartbreak coming out of Louisville and around the nation, it rained. I stared out the darkening window, with tears on my face and raindrops on the glass, and thought with a scoff “even the clouds are crying”.

And immediately my despair deepened while my heart grew hot, and I knew that God’s heart was breaking alongside mine.

This morning I woke up, and the clouds had parted. I watched the sunrise. The birds were chirping. Everything looked extra lush and green from last night’s moisture.

Our world is broken, and our nation is hurting. As blue family we look around us at the war against us and the destruction closing in, and we don’t know how we will come out of it. We’re surrounded by darkness and rain-but then morning comes. “Take heart” God whispers “for I have overcome the world”.

The enemy is working overtime, but God is still on the throne. Our world is broken and filled with evil, but good still exists, and it will prevail. Love harder. Pray fiercely. Answer your call to serve faithfully. Last night was hard-and there’s going to be many more tough evenings and rough days ahead-but morning will always be coming 💙

Lord, we come to You discouraged, but hopeful. Our hearts are broken, but they are still full of faith. Wrap Your arms around our hurting blue family, and soften the hearts of those around the world. Let us come together, instead of apart, and

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