When Tragedy Hits Close To Home

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BrokenOver the last few weeks, we have seen tragedy after tragedy unfold before us. It’s been heart breaking, confusing, and very scary.

In the middle of all this mess, it’s easy to want to give up. It’s easy to wave our white flags in surrender, and think this world is a sinking ship that we should give up on.

There is truth that things in this world will only get worse. The Bible tells us this world is filled with heartache, distress, and suffering, but instead of panicking we should take heart, because He has over come the world.

While this reminder of God’s ultimate control is reassuring, we are often still left with many questions: What is our role as Christians in the midst of chaos? Can we even make a difference? What does looking like Christ actually mean? Is there anything I can do?

In Micah 6:8, the people of God are reminded this. “The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

This verse captures how we as the people of God are to live our lives in good and bad times. We are called to seek justice in all things, to love at all times, to show mercy, and to walk together with our God.

So this world may be a big mess, and it might only get worse. But we can’t just give up on it. Instead, let’s love more, let’s seek justice, and let’s pray more.

Let’s find ways to share Christ’s love right here in Southwest Florida. That might look like volunteering at a food pantry, or at your church, or donating to a community food drive. Sharing the love of God doesn’t have to be a grandiose statement it can be as simple as making a meal for a neighbor you know is sick.

We may not be able to fix this world, but we can show the love of Christ in real and tangible ways. When the world gets dark, we need to let the light of Christ shine through us!

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