We’re thinking of military veterans these days. We’re remembering the end of World War I. No soldier carried every single fallen soldier off the battlefield, but plenty of soldiers carried one or two. Only Jesus can carry the weight of the world, but his people can carry the weight of a child or a few of God’s children. Be refreshed by his Spirit and by the invitation to do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.
Florence. Pittsburgh. Tallahassee. Thousand Oaks. And those are just the cities I can recall from the past month. Devastatingly, Thousand Oaks was the 307th mass shooting of 2018 and it occurred on the 311th day of the year. Each city will have a painful scar that comes from such events. Each city, as Florence has experienced, will also have the grace of coming together and holding one another up through tragedy.