May we all say “yes”

While I haven’t had much time to comment lately, that doesn’t mean I’m not reading constantly.  Of all the things that could be said about the latest instance of random, senseless violence, I think THIS needs to be heard most of all:

Dear Sweet Mamas,

I know you are hurting today…

Yesterday a 26-year-old man whose name I won’t give more fame to walked up to your child and said “Are you a Christian?” and your child said “Yes.”

Then he shot them in the head. He walked up to some other moms’ children and asked the same, and if they said “no” he still wounded them, but he let them live.

He killed nine of your children, Mamas. Do you know what that means? That means eight of your brave children saw one of their own take a bullet in the head for claiming Christ and they said yes anyway.

They said yes anyway. They said yes anyway. They said yes anyway.

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

I want my children here with me, and I know you want yours with you too.

But I will tell you that a YES and a life snuffed out for Christ is better than a NO and 100 years more on this earth without Him.

Thank you for loving your children. Thank you for being Christ to your children. You have made a difference in a way I know you never wanted or hoped or expected to, I know, I know.

But Mama. Your child was able to look into the face of God yesterday and hear “well done.”

I don’t mind admitting the tears that last line brought… tears partially in joy for those who stood firm and were able to hear the Father say “well done.”  We live in a world that seems to grow closer to hell every day, in so many ways.  I think about my Three Musketeers and what they will likely see in their lifetimes, which are just getting started.  I want them to be able to defend themselves, and others, if need be.  I want them to understand truth and to have good judgment.  But most importantly, I pray that if God allows any of us to have to look evil in the eye and, unarmed except for our faith, answer the most important question anyone can be asked, that our answer, too, will be a resounding “YES.”  For we have this hope: the grief in such circumstances is tempered by the knowledge that evil may strike the body on this fallen earth, but never the soul of one who belongs to the Father.  And such a soul has a future that far outlasts the pain this world can inflict.

 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.”  — 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

May the “sounds” this Saturday be an encouragement to us all.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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