I sighed and curled up saying to myself, “Thank you God- my son is safe.” I measured the distance on a map from where he was to the active shooting that was being reported on the news. (This was not the first time that I had done this, I have two sons. There have been many events.) Meanwhile, the lives of others were not. My heart felt crushed in the center as if the core of it were being pressed by the suffering of many, not just there but far beyond.
The following evening on the world news I learned that there was accelerating violence in Hong Kong. The images were deeply disturbing. I imagined that these were my sons and daughters being harmed. They do have parents who feel. There was a reader from Hong Kong that went silent many months ago.
When I thanked God for the safety of my own son, it was a natural and appropriate response. But looking back I see that the deeper pain at that moment was something that we are collectively feeling, a deep ache for the losses of many. There are wounds left and sadly, sadly -ones yet to come. It is not only here, but much has been here in recent months.
I cannot protect my son. I cannot protect all of the sons and daughters around the world that I wish I could put my arms around. I have no power. We have no such power of protection no matter how strong love is, and it does feel like it can motivate one to do anything at times.
The only real power that protects is God.
We need to care enough about the sons and daughter of one another around the world so that no one is forgotten.
The arms of our love need to be long.
When we love with out-stretched arms, we keep our view upon each other, most importantly upon God. We remember that we do share the burdens of one another lovingly.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2
That means that your sons and daughters are in the grasp of my love and my sons are in the grasp of your love.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” – John 13:34
We trust in God. We Pray into His Strength.
So, wherever you are, take care of one another and fulfill God’s commandments. Live as brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers to all. We are One Family, belonging to Him. Know that He can and does protect us. Most importantly- look to God as our Protector. Pray unceasingly for all of our sons and daughters, your own family, for your community, your cities, your region, the leaders and the world. Our prayers are intimately heard. The Lord is merciful and NEAR to our hearts.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” – Psalm 28:7
© 2019 Linda Willows