God’s love is stronger than hatred; stronger than those who wish harm on others; stronger than the oppression of the rich and mighty; stronger than the war machines that feed our worst fears and weakest values; stronger than shoot in the head vigilantes; stronger than warped religious values that try to exclude others FOR ANY REASON.
We are the balm that lifts up the hurting, that is empathetic toward the poor, that heals the wounds of broken social orders, that brings caring to those in distress, that says NO to injustice and prejudice and pride and greed, that says YES to the kingdom of God and the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Savior.
Another facet of giving something up is to take something up. In fact, without taking something up, giving something up will probably fail. And so we move from give up to take up…today, take up the charge.
Grieving allows us to engage in a process that moves us from distress to stability: sadness, guilt and anger are transformed into joy, strength, and love. We move from paralysis to the power to live again.
Fear can certainly bring us closer to God. We pray to be saved when threatened and fearful. We hang on every beneficial moment as a gift from God. Our relief when we experience safety is often expressed as thanksgiving to God for safe journey.