Tuesday: Psalm 61-62; Habakkuk 2.18-20; John 16.16-24

From: Chris Stroup

A quick glance at the news shows how clearly broken our world is. It is a pain-full place. On a global scale we are left spinning our heads from disaster to disaster: war crimes are being committed as you read this; refugees are fighting for survival in the Mediterranean Sea; and addiction is destroying lives across our country. We are acutely aware of the brokenness of our world and if we take a moment to think about it, it is overwhelming.

So what do we do when we’re overwhelmed by brokenness? I think, we often look to our trinkets for comfort and security. We are just like those so often criticized by the prophets who find their security in things made with human hands. We, like those who worshiped the statues they had made, become makers who trust in our own creations (Habakkuk 2:18). When faced with the brokenness of our world, what creations are you finding comfort in?

In John 16:22 Jesus points us in a different direction. He tells his disciples, “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” In our brokenness, Christ offers hope, a hope of redemption, restoration, and resurrection. As we continue through these last few weeks of Lent may we remember the joy that we celebrate at Easter and the greater joy that is to come. 

I live in East Boston (yes, I drive through the tunnels everyday) with my amazing wife of 13 years, three children, and a new dog, Magnolia.