Tonight, I was truly brought to tears by the story of a woman named Tania Avalos, a woman who lost her husband and daughter while trying to cross the Rio Grande into US immigration. Her story was made public when this picture of her husband and daughter was taken in June of 2019.
This woman, in her interview on 60 Minutes (found here), wanted first to talk about her faith in God and how He is pulling her through. My heart filled so full for her. Because this is not about politics…. this is not about twisting and perverting stories. It is about a deeply hurt woman, choosing to cling to her God through the most heartbreaking event of her entire life.
I pray that I would have the faith of Tania. I cannot imagine her pain. Can we just lift her, her family, and her loved ones up in prayer?
Do you know Jesus?
Tragedies such as these break Jesus’ Heart. He knows every tear that Tania– and all of us– has shed. Learn more about Jesus’ great Love for you, here.
In case you haven’t heard, a helicopter crashed into a building near Times Square in New York today, killing the helicopter pilot. This tragedy is not being called an act of terrorism, but rather an accident. Continue reading
The city of Maiduguri never saw it coming. Even if they did, the city had little to nothing to stop or prevent it from occurring. Friday, July 31st at 6:30 AM, a bomb blast in Maiduguri caused the whole city to shake and stir with panic. Being set off at the densely populated Gamboru marketplace, the suicide bombing killed 8 people, while injuring countless others.
Said to be a woman, this suicide bomber was not suspicious in the slightest; yet, the effect she had on those around her will forever haunt her survivors. For people in Maiduguri (and Northern Nigeria in general), no place is safe anymore. What once used to be a place no one feared going to– and in fact, needed– has now become a place of trauma and horror for everyone who has ever walked its roads. Bloodied or not, the trauma Nigerians have suffered is both painfully real– and much more than skin deep.
The thought that something so horribly devastating could happen within a few seconds seems unfathomable. But, it is surprisingly true for many, if not all, horrific, life-changing experiences: what happens in only a few moments amounts to a lifetime of pain, grief, and sorrow. And while, in many cases, the perpetrator is the only one who suffers from their mistakes, the much more common (and incredibly unjust) reality of it all is that victims are the ones who suffer most. Innocent people are caught in the crossfire– and are forced to live with the repercussions for the rest of their lives. In many ways, this could have been what Jesus meant when He told His disciples that “In this life, you will have tribulation” (John 16:33); though Jesus’ warning is honest, the question still remains: when real tribulation hits, how do we cope? Continue reading