Clinging to Life: Prayers in the wake of the Tucson shooting

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“Clinging to life.” Many have had loved ones in this position. Currently, a nation is praying for US Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery to health while she is fighting for her life. But could it be the other way around? Could God, Life itself, be clinging to her, fighting for her?

Our President, along with other leaders, has asked that we keep all associated with this tragic event in our prayers. Wouldn’t our prayers be strengthened, our fears for those affected diminished, if we became convinced that God—Bible-revealed as everlasting Life—really holds Ms. Giffords’, as well as the other victims of the Tucson shooting, firmly, lovingly, in His grasp, that divine Love itself has them securely in a forever embrace?

We have good reasons to be persuaded of God’s tender, eternal grasp on us all. Jesus reassures us that “it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish” (Matt 18:14). Our Father is the Almighty. If it’s God’s will that none of His children perish, could they, and have they? It doesn’t seem logical to believe the will of the Almighty could be thwarted. So could it be possible that the appearances suggesting we’re mortal and perishable are deceptive, that life isn’t the fragile, perishable thing it’s made out to be by human history?

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