Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants! Psalm 90:13
I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:3
I enjoy reading the novels telling of the perseverance, ingenuity, and survival of people who innocently suffer as they have lived through war. No matter if members of their families, their homes, and their means of livelihood are casualties of the chaos around them, these hardy souls continue to continue on.
Our hearts break for the devastations brought on by war. We wonder why the leaders of warring factions cannot come together to bring a peaceful solution before their lands and people are torn asunder. We know from history that the devastation and many compromises brought on when countries finally do settle with a truce leave challenges beyond comprehension.
Yet, there is the indomitable human spirit that strives to bring hope where there seems to be none. Compassionate God lifts people to hope for a better future and to work to make it happen. God  may not answer in the way we would expect; however, he is guiding every step of those who depend on his being ever present. He is with those who suffer and those who rejoice, just as he expects us to be with him on our best days and through hours of trial.  His presence lifts us beyond our weaknesses and disappointments.
Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Thank you for your presence in our lives. Help us to learn from the countless generations who have been led by their boundless faith in you. You let us know in many ways, your presence, even when we feel alone. Be merciful in our weaknesses. And always let us feel your unfailing love. Amen.
Florence Smallfield