“More was lost in the war.” – Unknown (reference to WWII)
For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though He cause grief, He will have compassion according to the abundance of His steadfast love; for He does not afflict from His heart or grieve the children of men. – Lamentations 3:31-33
Bereft: “deprived of or lacking something, esp. a nonmaterial asset” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
In the midst of the Civil War Abraham Lincoln made the remarkable and often quoted statement, “This too shall pass.” He told the truth. Everything in this life will pass. The good and the bad. Still, we hold on to what we have for dear life. Our possessions become our normalcy. We look to them to find comfort. Maybe it’s because we’re proud of them. Maybe because we see them as accomplishments. And maybe because if we’re careful enough with them… They won’t die. But despite our tenaciousness and vigilance, we often lose our most treasured assets. “More was lost in the war.” It’s a telling answer to a common complaint. We hate to lose anything. Money, clothes, homes; their value exponentiates through our peacetime perspective. “More was lost in the war.” It tells of something more valuable. Life itself. Innocence and culture. Freedom too. The things that drive our lives in deepest ways. Loved ones, our religions, and values. These things are taken away in war too. It leaves us bereft of the things that matter most. But we all know, it is part of life as much as anything else. However, there is something more important than the things war removes. Our soul and its salvation. It’s the only part of us that can continue on and survive the death of our body. Because of it, because of Jesus; in the midst of war it becomes possible to say, “This too shall pass.” Speaking of our soul we can say in the height of death and battle, “The devil took more.” But Jesus has the power to give it back. He has the power to restore and heal. Because of Him we can say, “The devil may have taken, but he can’t keep.” Because of Him, the battle may be raging, but the war has already been won. Because of Him… That’s great news in a world filled with loss. That’s great news of hope. That’s great news… Period.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,