I tried to write a note to the Martinez family concerning their loss of their beloved child Jonathan. My own mother and grandmother’s heart is shattered into pieces for what they are going through. A child should never, never go through the shooting which happened in their classroom on Monday! And a parent should not have to bury their child!
Off to my prayer closet I went this morning, to discuss it over with Jesus before I began to write.
At first my tears and words were hot with anger. Angry at every adult who has let evil take a child away from their earthly home and family. I proclaimed to Jesus that if I were head of education in America, I would fight like a lioness against every local, state, and national representative in America for the money they waste. I would blast my disgust every day and in every way I could, over the mere pennies they spend on the children of America in comparison to the millions they spend on their own self-serving agendas. And in their pruned up faces, I would plaster the children’s faces who have lost their lives, not because of a gun but because of them and their greed!
“Read your devotion, Joni.” I heard Him say.
My devotion book is called Mornings with the Holy Spirit by Jennifer LeClaire.
April 11 is titled “Be Quick to Forgive.”
When you are angry and frustrated, you have to ask yourself an honest question: Have you let resentment build up in your heart? Unless you are intentional about forgiving and are quick to forgive – a residue of resentment will build up over your heart the way dirt builds up on a windshield. Over time it will sink down into your heart and form a root of bitterness. Anger and frustration are often rooted in a failure to forgive the little annoyances as they occur. Eventually, the resentment pot boils over. Be quick to forgive – every time you get slightly annoyed. Be quick to forgive.
Suggested reading…Hebrews 12:15; Colossians 3:13; 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.
Wow! God came in loud and clear!
I serve a mighty God. One who loves me and the whole world! Even if you don’t believe in Him, He believes in you!
After God set me straight, it took awhile before I was composed enough to exit my prayer closet.
I was ready to write the Martinez family a note…
Dear Martinez Family,
I will be praying for you and you will become a part of my permanent daily prayer list. Jesus is the only one who can get you through this over whelming grief and heal your heart until you are with Jonathan again.
Today Jesus gave me this bible verse and I believe it is for you…
Matthew 18: 1-5
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said:
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,”
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”
Jonathan is that child with Jesus and I know the angels are rejoicing because one of their own angels has returned home.
May God hold you in His loving arms always!
All my love and prayers, Joni
Now, I ask you to join me in praying for the Martinez family. Prayer is the greatest blessing we can do for one another on this earth!
God Bless You! God Bless the families affected by Monday’s classroom shooting.