My heart stopped briefly. While requests for prayer are not unusual, the nature of this one was different. A child’s life was on the line. It was not just any child; it was a daughter of an old friend. My mind reminded me that all children are important to God. My heart cried out that this child was personal. As I turned my heart and soul I found myself lifting child, parents, and those that loved them towards God’s presence.
The sense of human beings in a battle with Good and Evil was overwhelming. Each fiber of my being resonated with the tensions and emotions that comes uninvited while in a fight. There was nothing more I could do but my heart still wanted to act. The need to remain in the Presence for an extended period of time took priority over everything else in my life. I woke, ate, and went to work while remaining within Divinity’s reach.
The intensity increased when I go the news that she had passed. I could feel my heart facing God, wanting to demand answer. I realized that I was not alone. With others, I realized that our “silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. God makes a huge dome for the sun – a superdome!” (Psalm 19.4) Evil may have won a round, but God is in control of the greater story.
You and I are part of Divinity’s family. We are priceless children of God. In compassion and love, God wants to restore our souls and invite us into something much bigger.
The link between pain and bad events is tangibly real. It exists because of Evil. God will, in the end, deal with both. They will be conquered and banished.
God mercy endures. The sense of the Presence left me with the impression that God shares our loss and tears. God’s commitment to do everything possible remains unbroken.
Our assignment is to preserve with God and each other. We can make compassion, love, and community real. We can be God’s voice, hands, and feet.