Friday, December 14, 2012

When My Heart Is Overwhelmed

Tonight, a nation sits around with heavy hearts, asking why.

Those of us on the outside cannot even begin to fathom the grief that has struck a small town in Connecticut.

Young parents who have presents waiting under the tree for their precious babies-gifts that they will never see them open.  

Mothers who have lost not only their child, but who have also seen their best friend just lose her child.  

Fathers who can come up with solutions for any family problem, except this one.

Brothers and sisters who just lost their favorite little buddy.

When this world turns up another horrific tragedy, I am so thankful that I am not the biggest thing in my universe, because my heart cannot handle these things on my own.  So often I think of "When my heart is overwhelmed".  Psalms 61:1-4 says (Amplified):

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me].
For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, a strong tower against the adversary.
I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings.Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

I don't have all the answers.  I have no great words of wisdom to make everything a little better.  But I can go to the Lord when my heart is hurting, and the heaviness of this world weighs down on me.
This song is one my heart feels.

When you hug your babies, your teenagers, your nieces, nephew, grand-babies and your best friend's children, say a prayer for the families that have lost some of the greatest gifts they've ever had in this life-their babies.  For the little community in Connecticut, and for all families who have had to face the horrible tragedy of losing a child.

And be thankful.  Extra thankful.  Grateful that you got to hug your family today.  That your holidays have not been shattered.  That tomorrow is another day to show your loved ones how much they mean to you.


Anonymous said...

Very well said. So thankful we can lean on Him and that we have His peace to turn to.

Nana Jul said...

Beautifully written - and beautiful song!

Amy Wyatt said...

Hi Blogosphere friends,
It’s been at least six months since you’ve heard from me. I’m sorry I dropped out of blogging for a while but there were several reasons. Family medical issues etc. have been crazy and have kept me extremely busy, but one of the main reasons I stopped “Then Sings my Soul” was I discovered after attending a conference that it is illegal to post the lyrics to songs on the internet on your blog, tweet, Facebook page etc. You can link to a video but if the video has the lyrics that also is illegal. So, I stopped the meme and gave it some time and distance. I still need to take down my old posts that contain lyrics and you should too if you have posted the actual lyrics to a song. I am sorry it has taken me so long to communicate with you as to a reason why I just stopped blogging. I’m hoping to start back on a regular basis at the beginning of this school year on a different blog. I hope you are all doing well. The songs were fun while they lasted. Take care.