Is it true that a man was caged, standing tall and strong as he waited for the trail of fire to ignite his body?
Are children being ravaged and beheaded?
Are quiet men who profess Jesus lined up along the shore, told to kneel and then decapitated?
Kneeling, accepting the firm hand pushing their frames into the pristine sand anticipating the horrific force of death?
Did their blood make bright red the vast expanse of ocean, tinting pink the foamy tide until the high and low of nature settled its remnants along the ocean floor?
I wish I knew more, or maybe I am glad I do not. I am not a political person. I’m overwhelmed by world news and our country’s news. Coverage so divisive and frustrating, filled with uncertainties. If I’m honest, I am dangerously close to apathy. I am not all informed, but I can’t stop thinking about the 21.
I wish I knew that the horrors were exaggerated.
I read that reverent, firmly spoken prayers were uttered.
The mouthing of silent reassurances offered up in Jesus’ name.
The martyred 21 offering final and steadfast faith in God through prayers soft praises on a shore
Hollywood-esque portrayal of riveting and graphic violence
Perhaps, they knew we would not look away.
A cinematic broadcast of martyrdom simply to illicit our fear.
Brutal and belligerent terror, tyranny has gotten our attention.
But, we know of grace.
And we know of heaven and the glory to come.
That same shoreline ravaged by death met the morn of today.
The heavens opened and the warmth of a tangerine sky greeted our world.
The waves built up from the stirrings within and from below.
They crashed upon the shore again
Again, and again.
Making beautiful and resoundingly peaceful the place in the sand of lost lives
Fresh and new, grace still there. That same place of deaths.
Grace is there.
A cloud covered billowy sky with glimpses of God’s grace remains.
His grace endures, makes new. The heavens declare it so.
Let no one tell you otherwise.
Stand firm and be still in God’s grace, still.
The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display His marvelous craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. Psalm 19: 1-3