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I had a different prompt planned for this week. Then I saw the news about two more black men having been shot and killed by police in the past two days, and I just couldn’t do it.

I don’t even know what to say any more.

I’m married to a black man.

My kids are half black.

I’ve written about how to squash racism.

And I still don’t know what to say.

I can’t help but wonder if we just need to start from scratch. Clearly we’re building on the wrong foundation. Clearly this world has established itself on sinking sand.

We’re flat out falling apart.

Where we should be building bridges and tearing down walls of hostility, we’re tearing each other apart.

I’ve seen so many lamenting on Twitter, “Come, Lord Jesus.” And they’re absolutely right. He is the answer. And when He comes, we will begin again. The end will become the beginning, and He will make all things new. The moral decay and everyday heartbreak shall be made whole.

We’ll get a new heaven and a new earth, and finally see “the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). As believers, “we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1). Let’s not forget it.

So when I can’t bear to read the news another day, I remind myself that He is coming soon. Soon and very soon. And in the meantime, we would do well to encourage one another and build each other up.

These are dark days. Jesus, make me shine your light.


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25 thoughts on “five minute friday :: build

  1. Ahhh, Kate. Thank you for this post. Our world truly is in desperate times. Sometimes, in the short run, it feels easier to be harsh, cruel even. But the long-term effects are devastating. Thank you for your exhortation to look at the people around us through Jesus’ eyes of love. To choose to build each other up rather than tear each other down.

  2. I can’t even with all of this. I can’t imagine what it would be like to worry over my husband and children because of their skin color-when we live in America. I pray for his kingdom to come-to show his light to the world. I’m holding your hand in this, sweet sister.

  3. Oh Kate, these are beautiful, beautiful words. I am not an American, nor do I live in the States, but as a believer, the news stories have touched my heart too, as have the stories of refugees being left to swelter in the desert because of a nation’s fear. Thank you for turning us to our Cornerstone, the Only Answer for the heartache, violence and injustice of our world.

  4. Build

    I will build
    Not with my own two hands
    But with the Spirit within me
    Holding the hands of those
    God places on my path.

    I will build
    Not with my own two hands
    But with the Word of Truth
    Speaking life into death
    Hope into fear
    Love into heartache.

    I will build
    Not with my own two hands
    But with a listening ear
    Heeding the Spirit’s leading
    To pray not just with words
    But with gestures too
    With kindness
    With outstretched hands.

    I will build
    Not with my own two hands
    But with the Light of God
    Pouring out His Grace
    His Joy
    His music of delight
    Over each and every precious
    Child of God.

    I will build
    Not with my own two hands
    But with His Bridges
    Not of Anger
    But of Weeping
    Not of Hatred
    But of Love.

    Father, forgive them
    For they do not know
    What they do.

    Father, build us
    Your church
    On You, our Cornerstone
    Till Your Kingdom
    In all its Glory

  5. Kate, I cannot even imagine the angst you live with day by day…I have no answer but THE ANSWER. And, unfortunately not all are going to be Jesus followers – the evil one still walks to and fro. Yet, so does our beloved Spirit of the Living God – to and fro to see whom He can bless.
    The Answer is for Jesus to come back SOON; however, I believe if I read the final chapter of the Great Book correctly, we will see more and more hatred and hurt.
    The Lord spoke the word ENDURE to me many years ago….now, I see why.
    Prayers and Love to you and yours. xo

  6. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on build. Go. […]

  7. Kate, thank you for your words, and courage in pointing it all back to the Father. Today, I’m terrified. I never have been and I think I’ll be FB purging for a little while. To find center. To get back to God. I’m sitting with “Build” for a moment and then I’m going to go. Be blessed, friend. xoxo

  8. I never read your post before I write my own and I am glad I didn’t. Ours are so similar. Rebuilding, reconciliation. It seems so far away. But, we’re slowly building and rebuilding. Come, Lord Jesus. Indeed.

  9. Thank you for your beautiful post. Although I cannot completely relate to your life, the truth is we are all equal in needing Him. And I sincerely hope our cries of ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ are answered soon.,

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