Thirteen Years Later

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Last week we remembered the horrors of September 11, 2001. We remembered how the people of our great country and across the world came together and how we would not let the terrorists turn us into sniveling, fearful slaves. The churches were full as people turned to God with prayers of thanksgiving. There were tears and rage, but out of that came a beacon of hope, a coming together of the people and God.

Thirteen years have passed since that fateful day. Our nation is once again in a bad place. I hear and see discussions (Isn’t social media wonderful?) filled with lost hope and lack of faith, people sinking into the darkness of evil. We have begun to doubt, have lost our faith and our hope. Social media and television inundates us with images of horrors and political ranting’s filled with anger and venom. We ask no demand that God do something now and when He doesn’t bow to our demands we turn our backs on Him.

We have forgotten, or at the very least, lost sight of God and His mercies, His love. We have let the world take over our lives and convince us that we can only rely on people, on today’s politicians or televangelists.

I’ve written articles in the past about how a change in perspective can make a world of difference. This is one of those times when we need one of those shifts. I’m not suggesting we ignore what is happening the world around us, but we need to find the good things that are occurring in spite of the tragedies or because of the tragedies. We need to pray for the faith to see us through these current trials. We need to remember to wait on God’s time with the same patience and love He shows us. We need to take off the dark-colored glasses and look past the tragedy and horror bombarding us every day and see the good things that people are doing, like the friend of the second journalist killed by ISIS. He scrambled to erase any evidence that his friend was Jewish in the hope of saving his friend. Or the people in spite of their persecution are standing true to their faith.

God doesn’t want His people to wallow in despair, without faith, without hope.

Instead He wants us, like the saints of old, like the people facing persecution today, to seek out the Holy Spirit. Be joyful in our trials, see the best man has to offer and embrace God’s message of love and hope. When we do this, even though we may not see the easing of today’s tensions in our lifetime, we will see the majesty and ongoing realization of all that is ours through Christ.

Copyright 2014, Christina Weigand

Christina Weigand

Christina Weigand

Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of four. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Cranberry Twp. Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone. When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, volunteering at her daughter’s school helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing.

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