A Mourning Drive
October 02, 2019
Photo by Sholto Ramsay on Unsplash
" ... the land mourns ..."
I have often driven the streets and alleys of my city.
And often, I have mourned.
Mourning becomes prayer.
Prayer becomes action.
Action results in further mourning and deeper prayer.
How can we not mourn and pray?
"... there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;
they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed."
I see all of this and more.
You see it too.
God sees and weeps.
God, please don't stop breaking my heart for the cities.
Keep me tender and wounded within for the brokenness I see.
Give my soul no complacency or retreat from the nagging call to bring this all before You and bring Your call of steadfast love to the ears and hearts of people.
"Hear the word of the LORD, O children of Israel,
for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,
and no knowledge of God in the land;
there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;
they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Therefore the land mourns,
and all who dwell in it languish,
and also the beasts of the field
and the birds of the heavens,
and even the fish of the sea are taken away."
- Hosea 4:1-3 (ESV)