Yesterday, I woke up with so many thoughts tumbling on my heart about the Paris attacks, I decided to take you on my morning walk and say hi from California on a cool, autumn breezy day.
I created a short video devotional at a stop along the trail to share words of encouragement from the Psalms. Click the video above and watch this short Soul Mocha Devotional.
I have only been to Paris once. I had been saving for years, since I first began working. So when my boss gave me a special bonus one year, I bought a ticket to France. And guess what time of the year I chose to go? My favorite soulful season: autumn. Nobody would know it, but as I stood under the Eiffel Tower, the wounding relationships — some of which I shared about in my book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest — tore at my heart.
I didn’t know what to do, except hold onto hope. There I stood, in the beauty of leaves fallen fresh, yet hope laid fragile in my heart. As I looked up at the sculpture of steel and sky, I whispered, “God, I need you. Show me the way.” I was 28 years old.
So, as stories streaming from the Paris attacks flowed, it brought me to reflect on the hope and comfort God longs for us to experience. Whenever we feel vulnerable, God draws near, right where we are journeying today.
A Soul Mocha Devotional
For those who prefer to read today’s Soul Mocha Devotional in words…
As I was reflecting and reacting to the tragic news of what’s happened in Paris and thinking of the people who are suffering from the loss of those who have died, I think we are all left feeling vulnerable. Because these are just everyday people enjoying a beautiful evening in a beautiful city, the city of lights – and it leaves us asking a lot of questions, and trying to find words as to how we would pray or how we would think about what’s happened.
As I was thinking about all this, God led me to a verse in Psalms 10:17, which is very, very comforting. I want to share it with you, that it can be a source of comfort for you and encouragement. In Psalm 10:17, it says that –
“Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
Surely you will hear their cries
and comfort them.”
I love that it tells us that those who are left hopeless — for those of us who feel hope can’t be found, during those times in our lives we can’t see where the hope is and we can’t find it — God whispers —
I know, I still see, I still hear the hope that is for you.
And I’m going to carry you through it.
I’m not going to let a hopeless situation destroy your hope.
Surely God hears our cries. It doesn’t matter how long a season of crying lasts, how hurt we are, God hears our cries and he will comfort us.
I’d like to invite us to pray for those who are suffering from the loss, who are feeling hopeless.
Together as we pray for them, it’ll also touch the places within us that feel hopeless and needs God’s comfort.
And I think that is the beautiful thing about prayer – that during a time of sadness and tragedy – we can pray. We can bring ourselves and those who are suffering among us with us in prayer – and we can all be with God and experience his comfort.
Share and leave a comment below. Let’s pray for each other and pray for the people suffering in prayers. God will hear us and reach out to comfort them wherever we are. I hope you have a good week and this encourages your heart.
Let’s pray for those who are suffering and hurting.
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