Stop, Be Silent and Notice
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a poet and peacemaker, left behind many heartsongs before leaving this world just days before his fourteenth birthday. In his heartsong, or poem called “For Our World,” he encourages us to stop, be silent, and notice. It seems it is no surprise to turn on the news and find that another violent act has occurred. Another school shooting, another attack on a public event; another threat made; another group of people being persecuted. This world can take a toll on our faith. We often find ourselves asking, “How can this be happening?” Sin is real, and it is great in our world. It is easy for us to harbor hate and anger in our hearts; forgetting that God is the father of mercies and comfort. God gives us hope through His son Jesus Christ. And He blesses us with the body of believers to lean on. In Hebrews, we are told to come together and encourage one another to do good deeds and live a sanctified life. Mattie goes on to tell us, “In so many ways we are the same, and our differences are unique treasures.” The world is a dark place, “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:57) As the body of believers, we need to stop, be silent, and notice. Never judging nor vengeful. And let us pray with, and encourage one another.
Gracious Father, please help us to stop, be silent, and notice what is going on in our world. Help us seek peace together. Thank You for giving us the victory over sin through Your son Jesus Christ. Amen