The Last Word

I’ve been aching these past few months....  

My knees trembled when I heard of the SPU shooting. I cried with my friends who knew Paul Lee. And then when the evil reverberations struck again, in my own neighborhood, just down the street at Reynold’s high, I collapsed in prayer. Dear God...oh Jesus save…

My stomach turned as I saw the videos of Michael Brown lying face down in a street. Then I saw his face alive, a picture captured years before - baby fat still on his cheeks, his eyes flickering with hope for the future. I could not bear it. Tears have been my only response so far, Ferguson. My words are tongue tied with grief. Nauseous grief.

My mind spun as I read of the horror’s of ISIS ransacking and murdering the lives of thousands. I tried to imagine what it would be like to run with my babies and my husband for our faith, our families...our very heads. I considered what it would be like to die for my Savior. And that is when the hope of Heaven snapped into focus. After groanings and wordless aching prayers, Christ led me into the hope that overwhelms the sorrow…

The Last Word over Suffering is Coming... http://www.chereehayes.com/blog/2014/9/15/the-last-word

The Last Word over Suffering is Coming... http://www.chereehayes.com/blog/2014/9/15/the-last-word

This isn’t the end. 

The enemy prowls to steal, kill and destroy. But his means is not our end. Christ will overcome. He has the last word. The enemy steals joy. But Jesus redeems - buying it back and holding it high. The enemy kills lives. But Jesus resurrects - made a way and proved it that third risen day. The enemy destroys peace. But Jesus restores - peace by peace He will refinish it back to new at the finish. He has the last word over all this suffering. The last Word is coming...

In the end the Word, faithful and true, will come peeling through the sky to establish and reveal His finished kingdom - full and glorious. “The Resurrection and the Life" will wipe every tear from our eye, swallow all mortal sorrows and put death to death for good. This end, will end sorrow. This end will begin our new beginning. In the end, Christ will have the last word over all this suffering. Our faith will be made sight.

So in the face of all this excruciating news --  there is still a certain hope for all those who believe. 

So in faith, hope and love...let’s groan for the fallen, weep with those who weep, and fervently pray in pursuit of justice for the murdered, equity for the marginalized, and mercy on all:

Father in Heaven, Your name is holy, high and separated from all this sin and death. And holy still, You sent Your Son low. He took on flesh, to make Your name known - to mend the gap. He who knew no sin, became sin for us then nailed it to a cross...took our punishment, our sin, all this death, and shoved it down in a grave to make a new and living way. Oh thank You Lord. Now, we come to You urgent - interceding...we need Your new and living way to pave earth as it is in Heaven...

Paul Lee’s family and friends are grieving. Media no longer airs their story. The masses have forgotten. But those closest are still aching. Comforter, Helper, Redeemer - be all that You are, near and true, to Paul Lee’s family and friends now. Thank You for remembering...for Your promise to be near the brokenhearted. 

And please, God we lift up the city of Ferguson. May justice prevail - let mercy restore.  Draw near to comfort Michael Brown’s family and friends. Hold and heal their trembling souls. And when the witnesses dream again of Michael’s blood flowing down their street, remind them of a greater blood shed on Calvary’s road. Give them Your hope.

And Lord, we intercede for our brothers and sisters in the middle east who are running for their faith...running for their lives. Thank you that even the gates of hell cannot overpower Your church. Even when thousands have been struck down, we are not crushed - thousands more are raised in faith. Thank You for Your promise to bless the persecuted. Thank You for Your present tense presence, real and true, to sustain and strengthen their hearts in the hope of Your coming return. Please provide supernaturally for them. And through them, show the world Your forgiving-steadfast-love is stronger than this murderous evil. 

In all these things, reveal that Your love has the last word over all this suffering. We know it does. And we know You will. Last Word, You are coming. So we wait on You, and offer this prayer. Let it be done - in Your time, in Your way, in Your powerful Name. Amen.

Let's continue to pray,                          

P.S. Holley Gerth and her friends at "Coffee for Your <3" were invited to join us in prayer too...meet them by clicking on the heart below...

P.S. Holley Gerth and her friends at "Coffee for Your <3" were invited to join us in prayer too...meet them by clicking on the heart below...