As an aspiring and self-titled up and coming blogger, I felt the pressure today to give a profound response to the tragedy in Oklahoma, the state Chris and I used to call home.
It seems like today everyone is searching for the right words- words of comfort, words of hope, words of explanation. If only words could turn back time, or stop a tornado.
If only words could mend a broken heart or save a life or find a missing family member.
But they can’t. And only hours after the tragedy, words feel superficial and not enough.
When this world fails us, when everything we have known to be real and safe and true is literally shattered in a matter of minutes, what words could there possibly be?
Yet, its these words, these offerings of hope that remind us that we are human. And more importantly, that we are not alone.
Today, we turn to social media and the internet, and we see it flooded with people writing messages of hope. People who are far away and feel helpless to give aid and yet are falling on their knees in prayer. These words will be enough. And God is listening.
However, because my words are nowhere near good enough or wise enough, I offer you these words. They have offered me comfort in times of hopelessness and they are as true today, as they were 2000 years ago.
I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart! For I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Oklahoma, you are not alone.