Jennifer Camp, co-founder of Gather Ministries, and author of Loop, grew up in the middle of an almond orchard in Northern California and now lives in the busy Bay Area with her husband and three kids. A former high school English teacher, she loves to write, but she especially loves to encourage people to seek and live out the truth of their story, their identity in Christ. You can find her writing at her blog, Jennifer J. Camp .You can connect with Jennifer on both Facebook and Twitter. She would love to have you join her there.
Jesus, it is even in the cracks of moments, when hearts turn themselves over, begging for hope to cover, You come.
It is not only in the darkness that you enter, when tears leave us empty, parched. But it is in darkness too, when we are in the desert, wondering if You are close. And You are. We know it, yet we wonder still.
The earth is aching. Pain that is too much to bear. And You bear it. In the confusion and disorder. In the darkness unleashed, You are still mighty. You are justice, in the night. You are love in the hate. You are comfort in the chaos. You are peace in the mess.
Wise friends share how it is hatred that is here, a thunderous movement upon the scarred land. Hearts are calloused, but the ones who know You cry out. You hear. You are here. You do not abandon the downtrodden, the alone and desperate and afraid.
You know evil. And You are love covering.
You are justice coming. It is Love that restores, nothing else.
It is Love that heals, nothing else.
You mourn with your children, and You stand, too. You bend low and hold the broken, yet You walk through the ravaged cities, the broken homes, the scarred and mutilated hearts. There is hatred here, yes, but it does not overcome. You say it clear: I am not overcome.You carry the daughters and the sons and You lead them into where it seems darkness reigns. You shine forth light, showing us how to see it, live it in.
You do not cower. You are not weak. You are not small and hidden and silent.
Jesus, You are the voice crying out in the night, in the thick darkness, leading us toward a different way to hear, feel, see.
Come, this crying earth. Turn inside out now. Let what is evil be destroyed by love. Let it be restored by justice. It is coming. I am coming.
But love is here now. I fill your hearts. I walk this earth now, your bodies my temple, your heart my resting place. Know that I bring justice in the night. And light floods what is broken and desolate, decayed and worn.
Come stand with Me. Use your voices. Use the map written on your heart to walk with Me. For hatred has no resting place here, no lasting home. Evil cannot stand here. Stay with Me. Stand with Me. Be restored with Me. Ask Me to move. I hear you. I am with you. I do not turn away.
You come. We see You. Jesus.
Join in with me? Amen.
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