What the World Needs Now

Unless you have effectively hidden yourself away in recent days, you are well aware that two devoted to the protection of lives in NYC recently lost their own. Yesterday, I shared Rudy Guiliani’s commentary regarding Saturday’s execution of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu and his recommended steps for healing in NYC and in the nation. You can see the video interview here.

I hope that you are praying for America. She’s hurting and unable to fix herself. Our gaping wounds are bleeding and cannot be ignored. The nation that for centuries has shone as a beacon of hope in the world finds herself in need of a healer.

This Tuesday Try It post offers one suggestion. Look to Jesus. Each one of us sensing the Spirit’s beckoning needs to surrender our personal injuries, disgust, mistrust and hatred, and run  headlong into the arms of our faithful Savior. Jesus alone heals our individual and corporate brokenness. He is the hope for a restored community, nation and world. Through freely receiving His unconditional love and acceptance, we are able to bestow the same upon others. We who follow Christ understand that we have no part in the Us vs. Them mind games. Because of Christ’s Spirit in us, we have His nature and that nature is love.

Jesus looked at him and loved him (Mark 10:21).

Whom did the Lord love? The one who was moments away from rejecting Him, and Jesus knew it. He knew that His call to forsake all gods and follow the One True God was more than the man was willing to sacrifice.

There’s a beautiful ending to the tragedy of man’s selfishness: when we come to the end of ourselves, when all of our selfish pursuits have dumped us into a hollow existence, there Jesus is waiting to fill us with Himself. We only have to say, “Jesus, I need You and I receive Your love and forgiveness.”

O Lord my God, I called to You for help and You healed me (Psalm 30:2).

Hopeful,

Renee

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