from the West Wing

Once again we have come through another rather devastating week; another week where a seemingly senseless act changes the lives of so many in the twinkling of an eye. So many questions; so few answers. As the days unfold, there are increasing opinions of why and still no answers.

As I reflected on some of the events of the past month, I was impressed with the thought of hopelessness. If you remember, the daughter of a dear friend took her own life in a moment of despair. Hopeless. This past Friday, a young man shot five friends, intending to kill them all, and then turned the gun on himself in a moment of despair. Hopeless.

Last night as I was praying, the words to the following song came through.

In Christ alone my hope is found He is my light my strength my song This Cornerstone this solid Ground Firm through the fiercest drought and storm What heights of love what depths of peace When fears are stilled when strivings cease My Comforter my All in All Here in the love of Christ I stand

Christ alone. What a thought. Truly it is in Him that we can find hope in the world drowning in hopelessness. Christ alone can and will give peace and comfort when there are more questions than answers.

In our morning devotion time this morning, Mrs. Bratcher shared the testimony of Nancy Writebol, one of the missionaries infected with the Ebola virus last summer. The following is part of her testimony:

“The night that they put me on the airplane to evacuate me and bring me back to the U.S….I was very, very ill and not sure that I was going to make it across the ocean – not sure if I would see David again or our [two sons] again. And I remember, as they put me on the airplane, that I just told the Lord, ‘Lord, I don’t know what’s going to happen and I need you help’”

She then reports that she felt God responding to her with an important question; “Nancy, if I take the boys, if I take David away from you and if I take you life and you are with me, am I enough?”

She then relate that in that moment – when she faced a mountain of uncertainty – she told God that He was indeed enough and placed her full trust in his hands.

While all these events have somewhat different circumstances, there certainly was, in each one, a sense of hopelessness. The difference? I believe the difference is in the two statements “In Christ alone my hope is found” and “He is enough.”

That is my prayer today. Is it yours?

Conquering in the hope of Christ alone,

Mrs. West