Kara’s Collection: Yellow Balloons

From an article originally posted April 16, 2013…

Over and over yesterday on the news, the short clip of the bombings kept playing. I continued to watch the events in horror. Out of the first plume of smoke a bunch of yellow balloons lifted into the air. All evening my mind speculated over that chilling image. My heart ached at the thought of a proud child letting go of those treasures in pain.

I do not know the true story of those balloons. I do know that image drives me to prayer. I ache at the reports of children being hurt. I don’t want to turn on the news today. I don’t want to see the hurt.

I don’t want to see suffering, I don’t want others to hurt. Shoot—I don’t want to get out of bed today to face my own hard, though minuscule in comparison. I don’t want to meet the scary snort (radiation machine); I want to stay in bed and drink coffee. IWILL stay in bed this morning. I will be praying for the hurting, the broken, the caregivers, the confused. This morning I have heard of plenty to pray for before my feet have hit the floor. It is my privilege to pray for many, for the hurting, for the healthy walking next to the hurting, and for the owner of those yellow balloons. In myself, I have no power to help. But I know the One that offers comfort in the midst of chaos, strength for the weak, love for the lonely. Lord draw us to yourself. Comfort us.

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
10 ”Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
— Psalm 46