Saturday, August 20, 2011

Band-Aids on Bullet Wounds

The youth of this world are restless. We are passionate, but aimless. We are lost, constantly searching for something, anything, to fulfill us and make us feel alive. We look towards temporary fixes to lasting issues, putting Band-Aids on bullet wounds and sweeping our worries under rugs. We look to cutting, we look to drugs, we look to parties and violence, sex and porn just to make us feel something. It's never about healing--it's about coping, just getting by until everything blows over.

We continue to put what shattered hope we have into these things. We search and search, going from one fix to another, and still never find what we're looking for. We all long to feel accepted, loved, wanted, and needed. We need to feel as if we're worth something. We need to know we're not just one random, lonely and invisible face in a crowd of people. We need to know we mean something to someone, we need to know our lives are valued.  That we are loved.

We, the youth of this world, long for love now more than ever. We need it now more than ever. And nowhere can we find Love but in the God who created Love. Nothing we create, nothing we try can compare to the immeasurable love that God has for us. It doesn't just help us to cope; it heals us, it rescues us, it gives us meaning, it gives us direction. It fulfills us. And yet we reject it, because we're afraid to believe in it.

People so often brush this message of hope and love off their shoulders like a speck of dust, reasoning that it can't be real because God can't exist--that he is man's way of making sense of the unexplainable--and dismissing it as "religious" baloney. 

But this Love is real. And it is open to you. It does not pick-and-choose. It does not refuse. It does not look at you with a judgmental stare and dismiss you because the scars on your wrists or the tattoos on your arms. It doesn't care where you've been. It doesn't care where you are. It just wants you. 

He wants you. He loves you. And He can heal you. 

† Rebecca

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