In a world where a 4 year old boy peers from a backseat while his caregivers are passed out in the front due to a drug overdose…
In a world where politics divide a country, not just by ideology, but words of absolute hatred and burning insults…
In a world where floods and earthquakes and war and famine tear apart lives and destroy futures in seconds…
In a world where heartache fills the airwaves and the pages of social media feeds; where so many statements are laced with bitterness, sadness or greed; where we remember anew each year moments of terror that broke our hearts; where we stare aghast into the grief each day because we are connected in ways we could never have imagined just one generation ago…
In that world…
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.”- St. Francis
In that world, let us be different and let that difference be Jesus.
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About the author – This blog post was written by guest blogger, Mary Trent.
Refocus Ministry was started by Christina Embree, wife to Pastor Luke, mom to three wonderful kids, and family minister at Nicholasville UMC. She is passionate about seeing churches partnering with families to encourage faith formation at home and equipping parents to disciple their kids in the faith. Currently studying Family, Youth and Children’s Ministry at Wesley Seminary, she also blogs at www.refocusministry.org and is a contributing blogger at D6 Family, Seedbed, and ChildrensMinistryBlog.com