Happy Day 7 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, y’all!
Let’s start out with some honesty today.
I don’t know what to write about this morning.
Primarily because I have no idea how to appropriately address the anger, pain, frustration, confusion, division, and chaos that characterizes our country in the aftermath of the ridiculous events that happened in our nations capital yesterday.
Y’all, I don’t even know where to begin.
And so, pardon my scattered thoughts and words this morning, and hopefully we’ll make it to the end of this post together.
As much as I hate to admit it, I am an enneagram nine.
For those of you unfamiliar with the enneagram, type nine is “the peacemaker”, with a primary life goal of being at peace.
Admittedly, this sounds like a great life goal, however, such peace often comes at the price of silence, numbness, and disengagement with life.
As such, I’ve lived most of my life attempting to be ignorant of the struggles of others.
It’s not that I don’t care.
I just don’t know how to make a difference.
And if I can’t make a difference – if I can’t change the world, or the situation, or the person – I, well, I don’t know how to live with that and still be able to function.
And so, I go numb.
With the current state of the union, it’s admittedly very easy to go numb.
It can, in many ways, feel like the happenings of the world have very little impact on my little bubble.
C’est la vie.
Or, to quote Jeremiah:
They have treated my people’s brokenness superficially, claiming, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace. Jeremiah 6:14
And so, the question becomes, is there peace during this time, and where is peace?
It would seem that our answer lies in John 14:27, where Jesus says:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.
I give you peace.
But not a peace that the world gives.
But, what does that mean?
I don’t have all the answers, but I wonder if the peace that the world gives is the superficial peace that Jeremiah talks about.
The peace of numbness.
The peace of ignorance.
The peace of silence.
The peace that has plagued this nation for centuries, to let the pain of oppression continue, the privilege of wealth run unchecked.
But, this isn’t the peace that we are called to in Christ.
The peace that we have is one that is not afraid to stand up to injustice for the sake of righteousness.
The peace that we have is one that does not ignore pain and brokenness, but faces it willingly, even when the situation is so much greater than us.
Because Christ is our peace.
When we are in Christ, we have the assurance that we are not alone.
We have the assurance that He is strong, even in our weakness.
And we have the assurance that He hears our prayers.
Y’all, right now the prayer of so many is healing for our nation, and I fully believe that God has heard and is answering that prayer.
But, as we see division and chaos running rampant, let’s take a moment to remember what healing so often looks like.
Healing is not simply putting a band-aid over the injury and letting everything go on as normal.
Sometimes healing is pulling out the splinters.
Sometimes healing is breaking the bone to set it straight.
Sometimes healing is surgically removing and replacing a part that was damaged.
Sometimes healing is tearing off the bandage that has been covering a raging infection – and then fighting that infection tooth and nail until the body is made whole again.
And I don’t know about you, but wholeness? That’s the kind of peace and healing I’m ready for.
PS: Here’s the link from Day 7 of my 100 Days of Hannah blog for your reading enjoyment.
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