A Peaceful but Powerful Roar in Times of Tragedy

stop and pray

I feel anger.

I feel hatred.

I feel frustration.

I feel sad.

I feel the depravity of man in times like this.

Those kind of emotions can only find comfort when one lets out a ROAR. That deep stirring from within my soul is what I call “My ROAR.” My roar sometimes take the form of: Weeping. Praying. Problem solving. Running. Silence. Listening. Wrestling with God. Then I stop kicking and screaming and just let Him hold me in his arms.

As you wrestle with the endless questions of mans depravity and Gods sovereignty don’t let your ROAR add to the hatred that is already in this world. Don’t let your ROAR take you out of his comforting arms.

Today my ROAR in response to the Boston Marathon tragedy is to stop and pray. I also shared over at Babble.com my thoughts.

If you don’t know where to begin just pray these verses for the hurting and brokenhearted. Don’t hang on to the “buts” and “whys” of all your unanswered questions. Just hold on to His truth.

Psalms 116:1-2 I love the  LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he  inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I  live.

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good,  a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in  him.

Psalms 71:20-21 You who  have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from  the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my  greatness and comfort me again.

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very  present help in trouble.

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1

Philippians 4:5-6 the Lord is near, Do not be anxious in anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” … Zeph 3:17

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