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Rev. Kristin Sullivan, School Chaplain

How do we live in a broken world?

Dear St. Mark's Families,

This week in 6th grade religion we have been studying the beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5. These sayings are part of the sermon on the mount, one of Jesus most well known sermons.  The beatitudes are an upside down view on who is blessed (and not) in God’s world. Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are those who mourn, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.  Jesus proclaimed a kingdom where no matter what our lives look like, God is with us.  

In our city this week we mourn. We mourn for the young man at Bellaire High School who lost his life and for the young man who took it.  We mourn because we live in a world where these types of tragedies have become almost commonplace in the lives of our children. We mourn for a world that doesn’t look like we wish it did. As a parent it can be overwhelming to take in the ongoing tragedies of our world and help our children process what they are going through. In these times we remember the second half of this beatitude.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Not the comfort of the tragedies ending, or the world looking like we want it to look, but the comfort that God is always with us. Through the good, the bad, the tragic and the joyful. Times when we achieve the heights of happiness and the times when the ground falls out from under us. God is there. God is always there.

Earlier this year a fellow chaplain shared this blessing that she has been using in her school, and then I started seeing it pop up on Facebook and in other situations.  In the past few weeks it has worked itself into my brain and become a great comfort as I navigate this world of brokenness that we live in. Yes there is brokenness, but God is here and God calls us to be light in this broken world.

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”

― L.R. Knost

 
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