So how can I tell them to “laugh at the days to come”?
That is what I wrestle with.
But I will continue to approach the throne.
For I am promised grace and mercy in times of need.
And aren’t all moments, mercy needs?
Aren’t all moments, grace needs?
I believe they are.
And surely I long for grace and mercy to be known by the women here.
They don’t know it, but I long for it.
<asha mission, 2009, by Amandagrace>
I long for them to laugh and see joy and meaning in life.
Even in suffering.
As Job did.
“you will laugh at destruction and famine”
It is painful. Not easy.
But nothing will separate us.
When we know Him.
It does not justify.
Justice still is needed.
These women should not have a life like this.
Yet while we are on this earth.
I don’t believe we will know an end to this.
<chawla village, 2006>
Because I am here.
You are here.
We are here.
Mankind is here.
Therefore, sinners are here.
Newness is coming.
Every tear wiped.
And new heavens and earth will stand.
Oh, if only they knew.
Of that throne.
Of that grace.
Of that mercy.
Pray that they would know!
Oh yes, there is nothing new under the sun.
For my elder sister, Amy, wrote of the strife of these women.
More than 100 years ago.
“Listen! Listen, English sisters. hear an Indian sister’s plea grievous wails, dark ills revealing depths of human woe unsealing borne across the deep blue sea. we are dying, day by day. with no light, no cheering ray” (2)
He spoke “let there be light”.
I long that to be spoken into the deep recesses of souls and lives in this nation.
“Let there be light”
“Everything is beautiful in its own time”
And the hearts of man have been programmed for eternity.