Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say “it is well with my soul”
A courageous mother-of-two has described how she confronted one of the men accused of hacking a young British soldier to death in a London terror attack, telling him he was “going to lose”.
|—||Steve Maraboli (via twloha)|
As I sat on the couch for 4 days straight with tissue surrounding me, I came to see the disaster of the tornado that hit Oklahoma City. It broke my heart to see how many people were killed, how many children were left unfound, how many were injured, homes torn apart, lives completely changed… and you can’t sit there and not ask yourself.. Lord! Why did this have to happen? If you are the blessed controller of all things, why? ”Be still and know that I am God.”
And then I look around and see a new baby that has just been born to this world. I can just hear the joy in my friend Heather’s heart as she embraces this new life that God so graciously gifted her. New life. ”Be still and know that I am God.”
I see a husband who is worn out from taking care of me, taking care of our precious babies, taking care of our home and wishing I had more strength to help. ”Be still and know that I am God.”
I saw redemption take place in the hearts of people I love and healing that came from years of hurt. ”Be still and know that I am God.”
Life is full of disasters and miracles. Tragedies and laughter. Pain and joy. But in all of these moments, in all of these seasons, He is God. And He calls us to be still and remind ourselves of this truth. It may not all make sense, It may not all be what we had hoped… but He is God and we can trust Him.
This is just a little moment to break it up and say Be still. In the midst of the storms that brew and in the midst of the joy that embraces… remember today- He is God.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.
8-years ago, CHP Officer Kevin Briggs talked this young man out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
That young man’s name is Kevin Berthia.
Today he is 30 years old and married with 2 children.
This week he presented Officer Briggs with an award on behalf of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The story of how Officer Briggs talked Kevin down is remarkable.
As you can see in the picture, Kevin is literally one step away from jumping to his death. But for more than hour, the officer listened to Kevin pour his heart out about his troubles and told him, “I know you think things are bad, but they can get better.”
Kevin says, “Officer Briggs never made me feel guilty for the situation I was in. He made feel like, I understand why you are here, but there are alternatives”
Kevin is just one of countless lives Briggs has saved over his 23 year career.
Briggs, who was promoted to Sergeant five years ago, is humble about what he does. He says, ”they make the decision, when they step back over that rail it takes a tremendous amount of courage”
I salute Sergeant Briggs!
Photo: The San Francisco Chronicle, John Storey