When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2
For most, on January 26th, the devastation of the loss of nine lives has shattered our confidence and caused us to re-evaluate our present values. Along with the families who have suffered a significant loss, the world grieves over the precious lives cut short. This is not about career accomplishments or having an iconic status, we are in a state of mourning over the tragic loss of 9 individuals: Husband’s, Wives, Mommy’s, Daddy’s, Children–young and adult, Sisters, and Brothers who were loved and adored by their family members, friends, and others.
It is the common thread of humanity that places immense sorrow in our hearts that allows us to feel the bitter sting of death. When tragedy impacts our lives, and we can not endure another waking moment, remember that God has planted the seed of Faith inside of each of us. For our faith to grow, we must face the bitter trials and tribulations that allow us to spiritually see the Invisible God intervening on our behalf. In His mercies, God has blessed the human mind to retain precious memories of our loved ones along with the ability to move forward with our lives. Through our pain and tears of sorrow that flows from the rivers of grief, the fires of oppression, and the raging stormy waters:
God says, REMEMBER ME!
For I AM:
Immanuel: God with us; I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning, and the End. Revelation 22:13
Jehovah El Elohim: The LORD God, the LORD, mighty, powerful, the strong One who is over all; “…”I AM WHO I AM.” Exodus 3:14 (partial verse)
Jehovah Immeka: The LORD is with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (last part)
Jehovah Jireh: The LORD will provide; The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. Psalm 23:1
Jehovah Mauzzi: The LORD my fortress; God says, “Be strong and courageous.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (first part)
Jehovah Rophe: The LORD (our) Healer; “…for I am the LORD, who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
Jehovah Shalom: The LORD our Peace; He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:3
We must faithfully trust His plan and believe His promises: “Behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:12
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55
Jesus sees the tears that fall, So trust in Him and give your all. He is saying, “My child, I care.” Just call on me, I am already there. I have borne your sorrow. Your faithful prayer today will bring a hopeful tomorrow. Soon all hurt will pass away, and then you can look forward to a brighter and glorious day. © Esther Johnson and Sonya Johnson Ruiz
Prayer: Oh, God. Please have mercy on us, we need your help to bear our sorrows. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020