I know it’s not just me — the news headlines are overwhelming. There are some very serious things happening in our world, things that are heavy and dark. This is the first pandemic in our lifetimes, and I’ll be honest, it is not for the faint of heart! I’m reading through the Bible and I’m in the middle of some of the prophets, such as Isaiah, Amos, and Micah. And the “headlines” they were reporting from their time in history have a strong parallel to what our headlines are reporting today. I see a pattern, too…God loves His people, the people rebel, God shows judgment, God shows mercy. If I look for that pattern today, I see it. God loves His people, the people rebel, God shows judgement, God shows mercy. Amos leaves us with words to pray for: “let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)
It’s the stories of God’s mercy that I’ve been clinging to. It’s only human to want to know that in the midst of a worldwide crisis (not just the pandemic, but injustice, and death, and heartbreak), God is still showing mercy. Want to know where I see it?Every day in the lives of the women at Naomi’s House. The world may be wasting away, but God is still doing great, incredible, unbelievable things in the lives of people who seek Him.
If I could run headlines through your news feed today, here are some of the ones I’d share with you:
- Deemed a victim because of commercial sexual exploitation, Survivor sees herself as something else: New
- Woman faces her childhood abuse head on after 30 years of self-preservation. She says, “No more holding back.”
- Graduate of NH moves into an apartment and NH4 Programming with her pre-teen daughter. It is the first time they’ve lived together. Ever.
- NH Graduate receives scholarship to continue her education. Next step on her journey: fight the good fight for other survivors.
- NH Graduate and current NH4 resident becomes a Certified Recovery Coach to help others fighting to overcome addition.
I continue to be so inspired by the women we get to serve at NH. You serve them too — through your prayers, your volunteering, your gifts and donations. And know that your partnership is making a difference. The pandemic and all the other heartaches and challenges we’re facing today are not holding back these women. They are fighters and overcomers. Remember the words of Micah and stay encouraged — “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.” (Micah 7:18)