Times to Reflect

Photo Credit | Curt Harlow
Often towards the end of the year we reflect. We reflect on a year gone by, the fun times, the new friends, the memories that will last a life time. We send letters to family and friends. We watch videos that wrap up the year in two minutes that often have inspiring music behind them. But, then events happen that change how we reflect. Yesterday, our nation experienced a tragedy. I, like everyone else across the county, reflected. My mind was numb. There was nothing I could do. Late last night, I read something on Facebook from my pastor at Bayside. They are simple words, but words that give great encouragement to many of us in California, across the country and around the world.

From Pastor Ray:

Today is a heartbreaking day. Our nation experienced the second worst school shooting in American history. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and everyone affected by this senseless tragedy. I, like all Americans, am devastated.

During tragic times like this there is inevitably a mad scramble for CLARITY. How could this happen? Why would a good and loving God l
et this happen? Who’s to blame for this senseless violence?

The problem – Shallow Christian clich├ęs fall short and ultimately Clarity never comes…because at best, we see ‘through a glass dimly…'

During times like this we think we need Clarity when we really need is Certainty.

I am certain that this senseless act breaks the heart of God because…
I am certain that God understands what it means to lose a son.
I am certain that every one of today's victims was precious to God.
I am certain that God is near to the brokenhearted.
I am certain that no life ever is devoid of meaning no matter how short.
I am certain that Jesus meant it when he said, ‘Let the little children come to me’.
I am certain that life is precious and that every day with your kids is a gift.
I am certain that America needs to rediscover a reverence for life.
I am certain that a day is coming when suffering will cease and God will reign.
I am certain that when anyone closes their eyes here for the last time and wakes up in the arms of Jesus - they will be more alive than they have ever been.


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