The blog has been quiet lately. We’ve gone a bit silent–maybe because we’re afraid of what we might say if given a platform, maybe because we don’t want to risk causing any more hurt, or maybe because we are all struggling for encouragement ourselves–but it is time.
I like to clean up as I go, whether I’m making dinner or my kids are playing, I typically go behind and start putting dishes and toys away so I don’t have a massive clean up at the end. But when major demolition is happening and doors are unhinged and windows shatter and brick crashes to the concrete, clean up has to wait. It makes sense to let all the pieces fall before sorting through the rubble. Then the ground is cleared for whatever phase comes next.
I’m not sure if all of our hearts are quite ready to rebuild. But we do know that the foundation is already laid. The Cornerstone never moved. We can keep doing the things we know are good and right to do, and I believe God will bring healing. If we humble ourselves and make our confessions and repent from our foolishness or apathy or evil, He is faithful to restore us. If we renew our minds and set our hearts on Him, He will bring about His glory.
Last Friday, Nic and I helped two DHS workers load about two hundred donated bags from the Gathering Hall into a Chevy Silverado and a Honda CRV. Each backpack, or handbag, or suitcase included a handwritten note from a dozen or so faithful Cornerstonians. The workers took their loads back to a Little Rock DHS office to put away for children taken into foster care because of neglect or abuse. Each bag is meant to be a tiny symbol of love and hope for a hurting and confused child.
This is our work. I believe this is how we rebuild. We act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with the Lord. We keep our eyes on Him, remembering the truth of who He is, and we gain strength for today.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. – Ephesians 2:19-22