When I was in college, there was always that one guy. He’d stand in the same spot every day in Freedom Square, passing out flyers or post-it note-sized screeds-of-the-week, most of which ended up on walkways and in stairwells all over campus.
College student protests are not new. But thanks to the media’s virtue signalling, the angst and posturing of some of our best-and-brightest is reserved for the appropriation of ethnic dishes in the dining hall and political graffiti on campus sidewalks. (Really? In the midst of everything else going on?) And the nation’s experts on hand-holding and sighing, a.k.a., those media-exalted professionals, build the case (otherwise known as an advertising strategy) against triggers -- any images, words or events that might cause a client or patient to reflect or ponder hardship or pain -- and call for safe spaces, where people who might be mean are prohibited from venturing near people who might get offended.
The authorities are still processing the scene, assessing the data, addressing the media in Nice, France.
Who can put a timeline to when the survivors will be able to process, assess and address their trauma and sorrow? Who feels qualified to comment on the weightiness of the event there this week, the attacks last fall, the fact that France has been attacked three times in 18 months? Who could enter into the fear, revulsion, hopelessness, anxiety the people of Nice are feeling right now?
But something must be said. We the Church are encountering a wave of these feelings worldwide, perhaps in miniscule measures, but in some degree, without question. Not just my mom, or Thumper's mom, but everybody's mom has this saying, "If you can't saying anything nice, don't say anything at all."
As Nice edges other passions, causes, concerns out of the forefront of our minds this weekend, consider words that are more than nice. Consider grace.
Every day the gifts come. They are all so perfectly suited, so delightful, so helpful and functional. They cheer me, comfort me, and provoke me to thought and sometimes to action.
The avalanche of gifts makes it seem like Christmas every day. In fact, it would be totally appropriate for me to start singing right now, “In the sixth month of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . “ I mean, really, are we going to let a little thing like a calendar stand in the way of having gifts upon gifts heaped upon us every day? What’s the big deal? What really is the difference between July and December when it comes to gifts of an eternal and spiritual nature?
Now the Lord is the Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV
The Gospel Coalition International Outreach offers a means for churches, mission organizations, ministries and individuals to participate in providing theological famine relief to pastors and ministry organizations overseas through their Packing Hope projects. This story about how the Lord used the resources provided through Packing Hope to bear fruit in Mbale, Uganda, first appeared on TGC's website on June 27, 2016. Details about Packing Hope follow this article. More information about TGC-IO's efforts is available at their website.
Devouring God's Word in Uganda
The request made the mission leaders pause. Why did the woman want an English-language Bible if she couldn’t read English?
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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