Sometimes, especially in my work, I am witness to what can only be described as death's sting. Children are abandoned, lives are lost, people employ reckless methods of survival, minds are torn apart-- diseased and damaged, crippled hearts still suffering in front of me from the memory and reliving of horrendous abuse.
Hope is all but lost in the eyes of those I see on a daily basis. The reality they know best is their suffering, the festering wounds, the lack of escape, and the new and harsh challenges that await. All this is a much more present reality than hope, redemption, forgiveness, and freedom in Christ.
Today, I am reminded of the difference Jesus' defeat of death makes.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 -- "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
God is in charge. He loves and has loved deeper and greater than I ever could those who hurt. He will watch over them and I can trust Him.
"Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing." Isaiah 40:26