Thankful for beauty.
I had intended to post yesterday. I faithfully wrote things down that I wanted to share. Photos I had taken throughout the week. But, after waking up on a Saturday with a city-wide curfew in place (and still in place for tonight) the wind was out of my sails at that point. It's a bit scary when one is awakened early in the morning with a Black Hawk helicopter flying over your house. There was no way that I was going to talk about a recipe, or what I just planted, or a completed project. I probably will later in the week, but no, not right now. Somehow, the homey things (or at least talking about them) just isn't appropriate when everything is out of control and you're left wondering what horrible thing is going to happen next.
We are experiencing one of the worst weeks in the history of our city. Businesses and other property destroyed by riots and fires, looting, terrorist acts of violence........... The whole thing, from what started all of this in the first place, to how the people are reacting, well, there are no words to explain the feelings at this point. I so believe in the power of prayer, but there are times (such as these) where I find it so very difficult to find the words. God knows our hearts and the Holy Spirit does intercede for us when we just can't voice those prayers. I'm very grateful for that, but I also understand that it is still vitally important to keep praying - to cry out to the God who hears - even though sometimes that prayer is only the word "help."
Here we are slowing coming out of quarantine for the COVID-19, thinking that we can venture out a tad bit more (still with face masks and distancing though), and now we find ourselves under curfew because of terrorists in the area.
Psalm 91 is appropriate for this time:
"You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday." verse 5
"If you make the Most High your dwelling - even the Lord, who is my refuge - then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;"................. verses 9-11
We have the Lord. His words are true. If He tells us this in His word, we have to hold on to that. If we don't our hearts will fail and worry and fear will attack us. Between the virus and the terrorists, the last thing we need is another attack. What I do need, however, is to have a good cry. Because even with all of this said, it all still breaks my heart. So........if you will excuse me, I need a hanky.