when buffeted by circumstance … thoughts from a year ago

One year ago I was in Europe on mission. In fact I had just returned to Budapest from Ukraine. That trip to Ukraine was marked by the unrest, war and plight of refugees. In Budapest I was surprised by a birthday cake the night I arrived as I met with friends in their home fellowship. It was great fun. That day Russian seperatists shot down MH17. The following day I was flying home and had a bunch of emails asking if I was ok. I responded yes and read the news of the atrocity. As I write today I think of the recent Russian veto in the UN Security Council. The vote was on calling the Srebrenica massacre a ‘genocide.’
War is a part of this fallen world. It is to be anticipated because of the ambition of fallen men who seek their own empire (we are all guilty of this in our own ways, big and small).

For those of us who are students of Jesus, we can take heart…

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬


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