Attacks on Paris

The horrific attacks in Paris, the “City of Love,” have claimed over a hundred lives with many injured. Many are angered, sad, or scared, but this heinous act is just a reminder of five things:

  1. The earth is controlled by Satan: “We know that we belong to God, but the whole world is under the power of the devil” (1 John 5:19, NLV)
  1. Because Satan controls the earth, there will be violence: “…the land is full of darkness and violence” (Psalm 74:20, NLT)
  1. We have to show the world that their hope lies in God: “Our hope comes from God… May your hope grow stronger by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NLV)
  1. We must pray for those who commit these acts of violence: “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:44, NLT)
  1. We must never give up hope, even in the midst of tragedy: “Let us keep looking to Jesus. Our faith comes from Him…” (Hebrews 12:2, NLV)
Copyright © 2015 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Tragedy

A brother in Christ died suddenly on Wednesday. I remember getting the message from my husband saying that he received a call from our daughter, “I don’t know what she said… she was crying… I think she said Tommy died… I’m heading over to their house.”

The next call my husband said, “Tommy shot himself.”

I couldn’t believe it. I kept thinking it must have been an accident.

Tommy was always so calm and collected—he exhibited serenity and peace. It seemed like nothing seemed to really bother him.

We spent several hours with Tommy and my daughter in the waiting room before, during, and after his son’s (my son-in-law) surgery about two weeks ago. My husband and Tommy chatted about little things—books they’ve read, trips they’d taken, etc. Tommy seemed fine.

What did I miss? What kind of a counselor am I if I couldn’t see that something was wrong?

Now I wonder how many people I see that are really torn up inside—they are crying out for help but I can’t hear them. I am blind to their personal torment and pain.

As we drove back from Iowa, I look at the two little girls sitting in the backseat. My 4-year-old granddaughter says, “I miss Grandaddy.”

My heart sank. Tommy will never hug and kiss them again.

I wish I could turn back time for them. I wish the gun would have jammed… I wish an unexpected visitor would have changed Tommy’s plan that day…

The truth is no amount of wishing can change what happened. I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else.

Please, please, please talk to someone if you are thinking about ending your life. Let someone help you with your pain. We need each other. Death is not the answer.

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Is There More I Could Have Done? Reflections on a Painful Loss

Hope in the midst of chaos

Sometimes I think about the status of our world and it makes me sad. It seems that there are more killings, more violence, etc. A couple of days ago when we were in Columbus a guy in the next lane all of a sudden starts honking his horn. I look over just as we were making a right turn and he gives us “the bird.” I don’t know what we did to offend him— we were in our lane and he was in his lane, the light turned green and we drove straight ahead. Maybe he was just angry at something else and was taking it out on us? This is just a small example of the kind of hostility that’s out there. 

They say that everyone is stressed these days— we have too many things to do in a short amount of time, etc., but I think it’s more than that. In Matthew 24 it says the following:

”… You will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation… There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world… Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold” (verses 6-7, 12).

These passages make everything seem so hopeless, but Matthew 24:13 tells us, “the one who endures to the end will be saved” (NLT).

When we see the things from verses 6-7 and 12 happening then it is a cue for us to focus on God even more. The only way we can persevere in this world is to draw closer to Him, and the only way we can face another day in an ever-changing world, is through God’s power.

Negative events are a reminder that we are only temporary residents, and our purpose here is to be a living symbol of God’s goodness and grace. Make the most of everyday by letting people know that there is hope in the midst of chaos.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Five things

My husband came home today.  I was washing dishes and  he said that there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon. We quickly turned on the TV to watch the news coverage.  The images of ambulances, police officers, blood on sidewalks, and injured people made me think about all the other tragic events that have happened in the past—school shootings, shootings in other areas, mass killings, etc.  I think tragedy such as this can bring about feelings of hopelessness. How are Christians supposed to react? I feel that there are five things that we must do (it is not in any particular order):

  1. Keep focused on God– “[fix] our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” (Heb 12:2)
  2. Don’t be afraid– “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul…” (Matt 10:28)
  3. Have faith– “…Have faith in God… all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you…” (Mark 11: 22 & 24)
  4. Pray“…I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Tim 2:1-2)
  5. Stand strong– “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid …  for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you” (Deu 31:6)

So today as we see another tragedy in our country, let us keep focused on God, not being afraid of what is happening, having faith that God will continue to take care of us, praying for those who have been affected, and standing strong. Remember, God is still in control!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti