“in these times in which we live
where the worst of what we live
is laid out for all the world on the front page
and the sound of someone’s heartbreak
is a soundbite at the news break
with a close shot of the tears rollin’ down their face
blessed be the child who turns a loving eye
and stops to pray
for these times in which we live

in these most uncertain hours
where the balance of power
is a fight that is fought every day
and freedom is a word
some cry out and some whisper
and some are just too quick to give away
blessed be the one who stands by the one
on the battle line
for these times in which we live

well give me a heart full of tender mercy
and arms i will open wide

for these times in which we live
seems like the only answer is
givin’ up on findin’ one at all
and we hide behind unsure
pull the blinds and lock the doors
and hang a pleasant picture on the wall
blessed is the believer who knows love is our redeemer
and the only breath of life
for these times in which we live

well give me a heart full of tender mercy
and arms i will open wide
yeah give me words full of loving kindness
and hands ready to hold up a light
for these times in which we live
for these times in which we live..”

~ “for these times”.. recorded by martina mcbride

This song could have been written just for right now. It is so appropriate…

The world thrives on the heartbreak of others and on distorting the truth, blowing every detail out of proportion until everything is made up.

Fighting over the balance of power.. how appropriate with this past week including the election. How true though. These are uncertain hours, and the balance of power really is fought over day after day. Freedom is given away all too generously. It, like love, has become just a word to so many.. a word that no longer has any meaning.

These times in which we live really do encourage hiding away from the unsure, locking the doors and pulling the blinds down. Hanging a pleasant picture on the wall is just the icing on the cake to make everything feel okay.. or at least as okay as it can. Like a little child covering their eyes and thinking you can’t see them because they can’t see you. That is the picture I get.. trying to make everything alright in a world that is so much the opposite. Ignoring what’s going on around us.

Hiding away is the easier road sometimes.. maybe the more comfortable one. But the one I know is right is the road that fights for truth and godliness and freedom. Even though it’s hard.

In the midst of all the uncertainties of life in these times, we’ve still got to have that heart full of mercy. Tender mercy and loving kindness. Pray for our country. Show love to those we come in contact with. Smile. And keep trusting God.

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” [Proverbs 3:3-8, NIV]