These last seven months, grief has brought a self-absorption from where I could focus on healing. Bits and pieces of the world’s news has entered my stream, but I purposely have let them keep floating past and gave them no heed.
Now, the news that enters my stream is so disturbing that it has caught my eye and pulls at me, pulling me into a pool of despair. Have I worked so hard for healing, to only drown in despair? This makes no sense to me. What’s happening God?
A battle is happening. Apocalypse? End times? Evil dispersing greed, pride, hatred, fear, plagues, calamities, disasters, death? So many horrific happenings in our world, right now. How do I heal, find peace, and then live within this unsettled world?
Armor… the armor of God. God has brought me healing, strength, comfort, peace; now God brings armor to protect my being from this disastrous world, and armor so I may help those around me find healing, safety, peace.
A helmet, the helmet of Salvation.
A vest, the breastplate of Righteousness.
A belt, the belt of Truth.
Boots, for feet that are ready to Follow.
A weapon, the sword of Spirit.
A shield, the shield of Faith.
Each of these are given me, and more so during grief. I hold tight this gift of armor. May my focus stay on God, so that my feet will be ready to follow love and peace. And when the despair tugs on me, God may your armor root me, and all those around me, in safety.
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