The past 2 weeks have been interesting. We were traveling to meet with old friends, family and to speak in home places. In the mist of this my husband committed to go to Osh, not Osh Kosh be gosh but the place on the other side of the globe. To look, pray and assess. He comes home tonight, the night of the 4th, the night we celebrate our country’s independence and freedom.
He is returning from a place where hatred erupted in unrestrained violence. A tense peace has been made. Ironic, the phrase a tense peace. Perhaps a ceasing of hostilities would better express the arrangement.
I continue to watch world events at home and abroad. My heart is sad but knowing that there is hope. Only the hope from the Prince of Peace will be the answer to the hate. It will be and is a huge struggle to give up old habits of thought, to look at people as those who are also loved. For us here or there. This is a struggle many believers engage in every day.
My prayer is both global and personal for those who do not know the Prince of Peace. Which scripture to read? There are so many choices. It is reflective of God’s heart for His creation, for the people He want fellowship with to come to Him in worship and thanksgiving.
He has gone to radical action to demonstrate His intentions, His commitment, His Love. To His Son whose death on the cross is almost indescribable. The love given by The Death is unsurpassed. Risky but not reckless. Unexpected but not unintentional.
When I am overcome with the wait I go to a verse memorized years ago.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 2 Peter 3:8-1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuohmD4Ajk8 Osh, Kyrgystan…God of This City (Chris Tomlin)
photo credit: Kyrgyz Leader Wades Into Ethnic Firestorm: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704122904575314051367437986.html?KEYWORDS=kyrgyz