We cry out to Jesus saying, “Come, Jesus, Come,” pleading with Him to set right a broken, hurting world. We ask Him to come in the midst of this tragedy right now and then one day permanently as Rescuer and Ruler of everything. The old Christmas hymn, “O Holy Night” holds this line:
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
These words from that old hymn have repeated in my mind over and over again this past weekend as I considered that Jesus came once as a baby, as a lamb, as a sacrifice to set souls right with God. And in reflecting on that first coming, I find myself compelled to plead for Jesus to come again, this time in power and might ready to reign over all, setting everything right. Our only hope for rescue is Him.
As the only true rescue, God says He is near to the broken hearted (Psalm 34:18). And so, this Christmas season as we consider Jesus coming near at His birth, will you also pray that He come near today? Will you pray that He would bring comfort and healing in the midst of tragedy? These children, teachers, and families have only just stepped into a process of grief that is long from over. Will you cover them in prayer, asking God to be tangibly near to their broken hearts?