We wake to grief

We wake again to grief today. Overnight, people died in Dayton, Ohio, at the hands of a madman with a gun. Yesterday afternoon, the town of El Paso, Texas was decimated by an evil person with a gun, shouting racist epithets. I am grieved. I know you are too. Whatever shall we do? I turn to God’s word for encouragement and direction, and then I realize that I must begin with lament. My heart is broken, and so, like the Psalmist before me I cry out.

Awake! Why are you asleep, O Lord?
    Arise! Cast us not off forever! 
Why do you hide your face,
    forgetting our woe and our oppression? 
For our souls are bowed down to the dust,
    our bodies are pressed to the earth. (Psalm 44:24-26) Continue reading “We wake to grief”