Love them tender, Love them sweet

As I sit here looking out the window, I am watching a winter onslaught of weather – snow, sleet, sludge…and it reflects perfectly the cold gray grip on my heart right now.

Earlier today I was called to say goodbye….to a young man, a bright 21 years old, who passed away tragically, unexpectedly and in the sunrise of his life.  I didn’t know him well, I do know members of his family.  But like many in my community, we all watched each other’s children grow up through our common family – the love and competition of sports – and in this case, lacrosse, and let me tell you – the family showed up.  It was standing room only in the sanctuary as we gathered to hold onto and hold up each other. It was crushing, but also a sweet blessing to see so many people come together to celebrate this young man, his family and his life.

Which leads me to this – I cannot shake the sorrow in my heart.  Without addressing the details of the circumstances of this death – I just want to say this to anyone reading this – love each other. Not in word only – but in deed.  Parents, I know it is hard to parent – but never ever give up the difficult job.  Our kids are living in a world that does not readily offer rudders to steer them – and indeed, if as an adult I am confused by all the pressures and craziness that is hitting in a 24 hour news cycle – how do we expect our children to make sense of it?   This has been a hard week in this country.  Children at schools being murdered – AGAIN; drugs, especially heroin have taken a grip on the human soul, politics tearing us apart etc…

I want to run up to every young person I know – especially my own sons – and remind them how precious they are, how loved they are, how much goodness can be found inside of them and that they are here – at this moment in life on this planet because God chose them, planned them and planned FOR them in this moment of history.

I want to remind us all not to take light the joy and responsibility we have to each other – we are more than the sum of our accomplishments (or lack thereof), our social stances, our educations, our political issues…. we are each created uniquely, distinctly and as one of a kind.  Don’t let pain, evil, confusion or sorrow tear you apart or pull you down.  You are loved.  You are loved.  You are loved… by a creator who crafted you especially to His plans and for the benefits of others.  Please, anyone who is reading this – walk away right now and call 10 people in your life and love them sweetly and tenderly… you never know who and how it may change the circumstance they are in at that moment.

God Is LOVE – we are made in His image – then let’s start acting like it.

Amen.

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About setyourpathsstraight

It is my desire to serve God and others through writing; by proclaiming His goodness, provision and character in story form. Though I was not always a follower of Jesus Christ, I have experienced life changes that can only be a result of personally meeting Him. He is not a God of religion, but of relationship. I don't have the answers to life's challenges, but I know where to find them...only in God's Word can any of us stop following crooked paths. The month of my spiritual birthday, I read Proverbs 3:5-6 and claimed it as my life verse... "Trust in the Lord in all you do, lean not on your own understanding In all your ways acknowledge Him.... and He will Set Your Paths Straight." Thank you for your visit today. Please come back again.
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4 Responses to Love them tender, Love them sweet

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Love so divine. Love to give not to keep.
    Thank you for sharing setyoutpathstraight.

  2. Easter Ellen says:

    What a beautiful post!

  3. Mother Hen says:

    My heart too grieves from all of the pain inflicted upon others.. May God comfort and may people find solace in the arms of our loving Father..

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