What I plan to tell my kids at dinner tonight.

This world exhibits countless instances of God’s grace. You will experience things in life that will make you so very thankful to be alive and to be human. Nature’s beauty and mankind’s accomplishments will never cease to amaze you.

This world will also never cease to remind you that it’s broken. It is important, my children, that we treat this world’s brokenness in the right way. Of the utmost importance is that we understand why the world is broken. It’s broken because we (as a group and individually) rejected its creator. We rejected the basic principles he has put forth for this world. We rejected the blueprint he has laid out for living in this world. We were told, in no uncertain terms, what was best for us and we chose to seek an alternate path. For some, this path leads to very real real darkness in this present life, and you get events like we’ve experienced today. For all, this path will eventually lead to very real eternal darkness. A darkness that will eclipse any darkness one may experience in this life.

But, while we have left the glorious grace of our creator and sought after broken trinkets, our creator hasn’t left us to wallow in our brokenness. Humanity’s story has a glorious ending and one we should never forget, not even for a moment. Everything we do in this life should reflect this story: For God so loved the world that He gave his only son to save us from the mess we’ve created. As you well know, God offers this salvation to all who believe.

There will be times in your life where you will be tempted to think that humanity is not, in fact, broken. There will be times this story feels too fantastical. There will be times you feel like nothing is broken that can’t be fixed through medicine or mental toughness. There will be material purists who want you to see this world as all there is. Be careful not to see the great advancements of mankind as an excuse to put aside this story. Everything we have. Everything we see has blossomed from this story of salvation.

Is the story of God coming to earth and saving us beyond belief? Most definitely. Why would God do this? Why does he care? The answer to this is the second most important thing to remember, my children: Love. God defined it. God created it. God exemplified it. And it’s God’s love that provides us a path to break free of the brokenness we were born into. Without God and the redeeming work of his Son, love does not exist.

A world without the reflections of God’s love is a world full of what happened today. His grace and love have created the matchless beauty of nature and mankind’s ability to reach for the stars. In this world we will have troubles of many kinds. We will have wonderful experiences of many kinds. But above all else, my children, remember the story.

Now, let’s pray.

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” – I Corinthians 11:26

“Come, Lord Jesus.” – Revelation 22:20

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