As I drive to work each day and leave my family in hopes to see later in the day, an excitement builds in my heart and mind of the anticipation of those little feet racing to the garage door to greet me with a kiss and a hug and the proverbial, "D A D D Y" while they are running to see me. As I write this, I cannot help but think of those parents in Connecticut that will not hear those words, here on earth, again. My heart is saddened as we have a kindergartner in our home. This tragic event resonates with me, because I see the brokenhearted and the lost and wonder how much pain these individuals must face and in not knowing Jesus how much they are missing.
I wish that I had words and the right actions to help these people, but on this side of heaven I really don't. So what can I do, how can I help, what would make the difference in my life - to love my children! To serve my family and church and community and to share the love of Jesus Christ.
In the midst of pain and suffering, there is only one person that I truly know that can say that he has experienced it all - God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. There is only one who can fill whatever void this earth throws into our path.
Turn to scripture and find some comfort food:
Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit"
2 Corinthians 1:4-6 "Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer."
Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us."
Romans 10:9 "Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Psalm 1:1-6 "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ..."
Here at Legacydad, our hearts and prayers go out to those families that are suffering. My the Lord of Heaven and Earth bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and give you peace.
Dante, Lance and Gary!!!