By Clifford DeWells
Special to Frost Illustrated
“In Ramah was there, a voice was heard, lamentation and weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and would not be comforted because they are not.”—Matthew 2:18
Once again, this community has had to suffer the news of the loss of another young man’s life, leaving his mother to grieve—a modern day Rachel, weeping for her son because he is not.
Frost Illustrated has this year featured many articles written by concerned residents about the violence in Fort Wayne. Mainly, those articles have focused on two themes: Root cause of the senseless violence and solutions to the same. I would like to address both.
The root cause is hopelessness. When a person feels there is not hope for them. Life itself has no value—their own as well as others.
The solution, therefore, is to provide hope, which gives clear meaning and purpose to a person’s life. The question is, how can such hope be brought into the life of a person who has no hope at present?
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”—Zechariah 4:6
God’s spirit is first and foremost a spirit of love. (See Galatians 5:22) And further, based on that love, God is willing to give us the desires of our heart. (See Psalm 37:4) What do our hearts desire above all else? To know that we have value and worth, that our lived do have meaning and purpose—that we are loved.
It is for the fulfillment of our souls that God gives us such love in Christ Jesus by virtue of his Holy Spirit. When any person is touched by that love, then can they realize what a precious gift life truly is and begin treating their own lives as well as others accordingly.
With God’s love, we are given hope, direction and purpose. And, God’s love comes with this solemn promise:
“…Perfect love casteth out fear.…” (1 John 4:18)
God’s love enables so many of us to lay aside our doubts and misgivings, our fears and prejudices, to become helpers, one to another, wherever our gifts and talents may best be used.
Is God’s spirit working in your church, your home, your daily life and in the lives of those you love? Is His spirit working in this community? If the answer is “no,” then Rachel will continue to weep for her children, “for they are not.”
This article originally appeared in the June 5, 2013 print edition.