1 Peter 4:8 TPT
This is the third time I am writing this blog. It was overwritten and then lost but the message is too important to NOT write...The day I first wrote it, after seeing the movie "Sound of Freedom" with my family, I woke up with this question in my heart "Will it crush you? Or Will it move you?" Will the reality that this evil exists beyond the story told move you to respond. This movie requires a response. It neither glorified the evil nor glamorized the rescue. There is room for each of us to come to the table and seek the Lord for our part in responding.
We must repond. You may know that the evil of using lives as commodity and children for labor or sexual abuse is on every street, every highway and byway, in every community, city, and nation. The extent of this goes far beyond what was depicted in the Sound of Freedom continued by the vicious cycle of generational trauma and abuse utilized by the evil one to benefit those already in bondage to sin. These are cycles that are only broken through the application of the blood of Jesus and His unfailing love. His love moving in and through us is the only thing that will cover this deep darkness and bring healing and hope.
Your response and act of love can look like many things: fostering a child in the child welfare system, walking alongside a single mom, loving your family and reconnecting the hearts of parents and children, funding organizations focused on THE ROOT, THE RESCUE or THE RESTORATION. This looks like prayer, action, and seeking the face of the Lord. This leads us back to the question "Will it crush you or will it move you?" Can you look to Jesus and surrender your heart, affront, and pain and allow Him to be LOVE through YOU.
I believe if you are reading this, that YOU CAN. You can see past your reality and the harsh realities around us. You can turn the grief in your heart that may appear to be muzzling your voice and choking out your response, you can! You can speak up for the lost, the lonely, the vulnerable.
Psalms 90:13-17 TPT
Return to us again, O God! How much longer will it take until you show us your abundant compassion? Let the sunrise of your love end our dark night. Break through our clouded dawn again! Only you can satisfy our hearts, filling us with songs of joy to the end of our days. We’ve been overwhelmed with grief; come now and overwhelm us with gladness. Replace our years of trouble with decades of delight. Let us see your miracles again, and let the rising generation see the glorious wonders you’re famous for. O Lord our God, let your sweet beauty rest upon us. Come work with us, and then our works will endure; you will give us success in all we do.