It’s been a difficult week. The tragedies in Boston; West, Texas; and the earthquake in southwest China. Not to mention some heartache for the personal struggles of dear friends. For any with an empathetic heart, a heaviness has hovered over the whole week. I admit in times like this, I will look to certain godly men for perspective and help in processing. Here are some thoughts that collectively ministered to my heart this week.

@RickWarren: Explanations don’t bring comfort. The love and presence of God does.

@JohnPiper: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” Psalm 28:7 I am a witness. 10,000 times.

@louiegiglio: Jesus, thank you for a night of peace in Boston. Praying the healing can begin. Mindful of all who suffered loss. #birthplaceofliberty

@RickWarren: The ultimate test of faith is not how loudly you praise God in happy times but how deeply you trust him in dark times.

@DaveRamsey: “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

@AndyStanley: Praying tonight for Pastors & Priests in Boston.

@matt_papa: “Only love of the Immutable will bring tranquility.” – Augustine // i.e. if you adore things which may fail, your peace may fail.

@RickWarren: The good that God intends for me is greater than the bad that happens to me. See Romans 8:28-29

@RickWarren: The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
“…as children of God you are to shine like stars in a dark world.” Phil. 2:15

@RickWarren: In pain, I’d rather walk with Jesus with all of my questions than walk by myself with all the answers.