How amazing is your love, A love that overcomes, endures and redeems.
How astounding is your life, A life that sustains, heals and creates.
How awesome is your hope ,A hope that promises, restores and inspires.
How absorbing is your truth, A truth that releases, changes and rebuilds.
How we worship you, as we remember the moment when your love conquered.
When out of the cave of sorrow Jesus arose to release forgiveness to the world.
And each time we encounter this resurrection day we are again lifted to an eternal place.
Our sin, brokenness and darkness fall away and your light and peace flood our lives.
How we thank you for this incredible celebration we call Easter.
I do not know if we can can racism and hatred through music. I certainly wish it could. But I do know, however, that we can never hope to end violence through more violence.
Lighting up the darkness will not happen through violence and force. Only love can bring light out of darkness. Love has the power to forgive, and until there is forgiveness they will never be an end to the hatred that breeds violence.
I have had the privilege of visiting dozens of schools in developing cointries where Stop Hunger Now meals are being used in school feeding programs. The teachers, principals and headmasters have all told me the same thing.
The children come to school because they know they will get a hot meal. It will be the only food for the day for over 90 percent of the kids eating the meals.
Then the school leaders say,”Without the Stop Hunger Now meals the children will not come to school. If they do not come to school they will not get an education. If they are not educated there is no hope, there is no future for our nation.”
School Feeding Programs provide more than just food for hungry and malnourished kids. The meals provide hope. They provide a path out of darkness into the light.
Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found.
I havefound that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keeps the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. — Gandalf
I love fantasy, and Tolkien is one of my favorites. It’s passages like the one above that endear him to me. Fantasy as a genre has a greater power to convey truth than many realize. As Ursula LeGuin (another one of my favorites) so rightly points out, “Dragons aren’t real, but they’re true.” And the wise old Wizard, Gandalf, not only nails the truth in the passage above, he hammers it home with subtle power.
How do we defeat the evil so rampant in our world? How do we make a real difference in the lives of the millions forced to suffer from need and hunger? How do we change the world forever?
We heal our world through small everyday deeds of kindness and love. We choose to live in a way that is fair and just for all. We consciously adopt a lifestyle the empowers the powerless and gives voice to the voiceless. We intentionally stand and walk along side the poor and hungry rather than mindlessly buying into systems that have only greed and profit as their core values.
We keep the darkness at bay by joining together with other folks just like ourselves and practicing justice through the way we live. And ultimately, our small everyday acts of love and kindness will achieve a world where the light of justice will not only keep the dragons at bay, but defeat forever the darkness that spawns them.