As we enter the waning hours of 2014, many are already poised to enter 2015. At this writing, there are still thirty-something hours before 2015. Being cognizant of living in the present while having hopes for the future, I am aware of those struggling to deal with the present and what it may portend for the New Year.
For quite some time, I have been profoundly disturbed by senseless deaths, critical injuries, and brutal attacks both locally and nationally inflicted on and by young men and women. Of the locals, some I have known personally, have taught, or have known their families for years. Having worked with youth most of my life, I am deeply concerned.
In this season that we commemorate the coming of Christ, the Light of the World, we are surrounded by darkness of mind, spirit, and soul in far too many young people. Yes, we have many wonderfully outstanding and hopeful young men and women; but there are growing numbers whose hope seems to be in nefarious activities that end in tragic events or deadly violence. This madness that is incapacitating and killing our young before they have the opportunity to discover redemption and salvation must be addressed; and it must be addressed without timidity and fear.
It is mandatory that we start at home with showing and teaching our children, grandchildren, god-children, nephews, nieces, and cousins a more excellent way, first by our behavior followed by wise instruction. In essence we must walk out our talk, and our talk must be legitimate. There is a rage coming from many directions that needs to be extinguished. Time out for talking about “them” and not talking straight--and hard, when needed--to “them” out of sincere concern and affection. As Paul wrote to Timothy, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”.”
I pray that within the next thirty-something hours, there will be no senseless violence resulting in more tragedies, even though I realize the likelihood. Yet we must earnestly pray and initiate actions where possible to let the light within us shine, to dispel this present darkness.
More in upcoming blogs.
Affirmation: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Jonah 3:8