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The Face of Evil

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Donna's Blog | 0 comments

The Face of Evil

Evil is pervasive and alive in the world, we see it every day in many ways, so we know there is no escaping it. We also have many historical documents that detail past evil, ensuring that we NEVER forget the atrocities that were committed against humanity. We are called to stay diligent about these truths, however horrendous they might be, lest history repeats itself.

The Holy Bible is one such book that chronicles the lives of people who were filled with evil intent, but it also details those who were godly, dedicated people as well. Like these heroes of old, we too should expose the evil doers, because to cover it up or act like it doesn’t exist only perpetuates the continuance of evil.

We would do well to not repeat the atrocities that were perpetrated in World War II by the Nazis. The systematic and methodical murder of 6 million Jews and anyone else that they deemed in the way or undesirable. Even to this day there are people who insist that the holocaust never happened, persisting in their efforts to perpetuate lies.

History is what it is, so let’s not cover it up, but let us expose the truths contained in stories, whether they be spectacularly brilliant or of the darkest evil that mankind has ever faced. We not only celebrate the greatness of man, but we remind each other of the ever present face of evil in each new generation. Through these revelations of truth we begin to grow exponentially, trained to recognize the true face of evil.

Since we have been gifted with the keen knowledge that has been passed down from previous generations, let us discern motives and actions with detailed attentiveness. If you or your family has been caused harm by evil, I pray that God’s blessings may be poured out on you with much comfort, mercy and compassion.

The truth is, if we have experienced some personal trauma in our life, it can often be extremely difficult for us to be willing to forgive. Harboring hate in our hearts only keeps us chained to the trauma of the past and allows the bitterness that we have toward our oppressor to gain new ground. In the end, our wounds become even more painful, while the offender lives their lives seemingly unscathed.

If you’re done with seeking revenge and are honestly searching for a way out of your emotional prison, then release those who have harmed you. For us to be truly free from the pain, we must let go of our hate toward our enemies, forgiving them and moving forward in new found victories. I pray that God’s favor continues to bless you with His love, mercy and grace.

Scripture: But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:3

God bless,

Donna Kafer
Arizona Legislative Chaplain

Fighting Despair

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Donna's Blog | 0 comments

Fighting Despair

What is it about a person, who in spite of being wounded by some tragedy, keeps on fighting and forging ahead? What could possibly inspire someone, when against all odds, to rise up and meet their challenges head on? We all marvel at their resiliency, wondering how they manage to hang onto their sanity and keep holding onto hope. How are they able to accomplish this feat?

The only way for any of us to retain our peace of mind, is to place our trust in God. Any of us, at anytime, can experience a severe trial, so it’s easy to see how we might be crushed under the weight of sorrow. For us to be able to fight back against the debilitating effects of despair, we must begin now to develop a deep, abiding faith in God. Then when faced with a significant blow, we can stand up under the pain.

This does not mean, however, that we discount the pain that we may be going through and pretend to have it all together. This behavior can cause more damage than good, shutting down our ability to handle difficult emotions in a truthful and healthy way. If we’re going through the grief process, we must allow ourselves to go through the normal stages, not stop it as it progresses naturally. What we are able to do though, is to remember the promises that are found in the Scriptures. Promises that provide encouragement and instill a marvelous hope in our hearts. This is why study of the Bible is so important, it is a daily reminder of the great compassion that is poured out on us by our Father in heaven.

When we meditate on the Word of God, we are being bolstered by His love, by His power and by His amazing grace. We realize that nothing can truly harm us if we place our trust and faith in Him. What can mere man do to us? Nothing! We are safe and secure in His arms, cradled by the knowledge that He is always with us. Nothing can separate us from the love of God, not life, nor death nor unknown powers or principalities. We are safe and secure, protected by His plan for our lives, for all eternity.

Despair? No, for we are buoyed by the Hope of our Lord, who lifts us up and above the despair, so that we may live in victory. Take heart, for He is with you!

Scripture: But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

Donna Kafer
Arizona Legislative Chaplain