Another morning waking up to more news of heartless killing, acts of terror, shattered lives and hopeless thoughts. “Dear God, what can we do”?
“To shine upon those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” – Luke 1:79
The above passage from Luke caught my attention this morning. The words feet and peace resonated with me. Sitting with this passage, a feeling of guilt came upon me. How quickly I forget about the ugly killings in Orlando, Dallas and Baton Rouge. A one and done prayer on my part, I continue on with my life. While in a conversation with God this morning, He reminded me of the peace I feel on my hikes. How my steps, in turn my feet guide me to an inner peace.
I look forward to my hikes. These hikes start with no expectations, no destination. As Luke Larson calls them “unscripted walks”. I take steps, many steps. Often a 3 mile hike turns into a 10 mile hike. These hikes are dominated by my conversations with God. I find an inner peace with each step, my feet guided by the trail. God is challenging me in prayer today to reconfigure this inner peace to a shared outer peace. A peace so great it can begin to touch everyone. I’m feeling a bit powerless during this conversation with God. I’m asking what impact can my inconsequential self make in this broken world. It leads me back to the question, “Dear God, what can we do?
We can pray. First we can ask God for some clarity to how we are being called to help with the violence. We can pray for all those who are suffering as a result of the brutality. A special prayer for the doctors and nurses who we often forget during these times of terror. After prayer we must sit still and listen to God. What desires for action is God placing in our hearts? In what direction is God guiding our feet to share the words of mercy, love and peace? God hears our prayers. He can do the impossible, even while He weeps with us.