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Not strength, but hope ...

Friday, May 8, 2015. The world is not free of pain. We all know this. We all know the pain which others have, we see the images of refugees, of suffering people in zones of war and terror. We all know the pain. And we also know it in our own environment. We know what offends or hurts us.

He heals the brokenhearted …

Our world is often a world which celebrates the strong. It is a world where those who have or can are in the focus of attention. It is not completely true, tough. The media need to catch attention and so the rules and laws of the media world look for the strange or weird things, for all that what is stirring emotions.

The bible claims the mercy of the Lord as a key character feature of the eternal God. He is the almighty, he does not need our strength. He is above all these things, all the struggle of or day-to-day activities. He has a completely different idea of how people should interact: with love and mutual support. With friendship. With purity and truth.

God heals the brokenhearted. That is a strong and far reaching statement, which we find in Psalm 147, in one of the praise songs of the Psalter, the songbook of the Old Testament. It is also reflected in the Sermon of the Mount of Jesus: Blessed are those, who mourn … Let us have a look!

His steadfast Love …

1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. 2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. 4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. 6 The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. 7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! 8 He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. 9 He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. 10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, 11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. (Psalm 147, 1-11)

We cannot rely on our strength, but we can rely on him and on his love. That is a key point, which we find everywhere in the bible, one of the fundamental laws of faith, and one of the laws of reality every since. It is a great basic law, since it frees us to be fully human, and to become children of him, the creator, eternal love! (RWEP) ... more texts

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