Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The World Is Not As It Should Be

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent. Today at our Ash Wednesday service I was reminded greatly and heavily of how wrong this world is, how wrong I am. Life is hard, full of sin, destruction, and death. I am full of sin and destruction. There are days I feel like life is so dark that I will give way to death at any moment. People hate each other and are cruel. We abuse the world and the resources God has entrusted to us. People are selfish, seeking their own glory and power, doing what they want no matter who else it effects. We disregard God and the instructions He gave us. We seek to be our own God, in control of our own little worlds.

Today we mourn that the world is wrong. We mourn that the world has turned away from God and the life that He gives. We mourn sin, destruction and death.

But we mourn with hope! Jesus has overcome and in Him we can find life everlasting.

Shine into Our Night
We are not what we should be
We have not sought what we should seek
We've seen Your glory, Lord, but looked away
Our hearts are bent, our eyes are dim
Our finest works are stained with sin
And emptiness has shadowed all our ways

Jesus Christ, Shine into our night
Drive our Dark away 
Till Your glory fills our eyes
Jesus Christ, shine into our night
Bind us to Your cross where we find life

Still we often go astray
We chase the world, forget Your grace
But You have never failed to bring us back
Reveal the depths of what You've done
The death You died, the victory won
You made a way for us to know Your Love

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