Compassion for Hurting Hearts

Susan Mutch

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I feel a certain pity for the youth of this generation. Many of the challenges they face did not exist in prior generations. Their hurts arrive at a younger age, and their distresses arise from a greater variety of sources. Childhood is now too often not as carefree as it ought to be. Innocence excuses itself far too early in their young lives. These things ought not to be. And this is surely not as God would have it to be.

Do you remember when prayer and Bible reading were removed from the public schools? God was kicked out and paganism boldly moved in. Around this same time, television became a household
fixture. Via this media, the ungodly paraded through the homes of the land, glamorizing sin, warping minds, and corrupting morals. The internet soon followed like a super highway to conduct the masses to hell.

And here we are, a few decades later, viewing the carnage. At least, those of us that still have eyes to see (thanks to salvation!), for many have been so deceived by this steady seduction that they no longer understand what normal behaviour is.

Homes are now often motherless and/or fatherless, leaving the children vulnerable. Sometimes “stepmoms” or “stepdads” in residence add to the insecurity and frustration of already hurting youth. Swelling tides of abuse, both physical and emotional, batter the tender buds. And then they head off to school to endure the dangers there in an unsafe environment, not the least being the very ungodly, humanistic government curriculum designed to corrupt morals in the basest of manners. Confusion abounds!

The youth run to technology and cyber space for a “virtual” life with “virtual” friends, yet what generation has ever felt less purpose to life and more depressed and lonely, despairing even unto suicide?

When a people reject God and choose rather to steep itself in humanistic philosophy, there will be casualties. Where is the house of healing? Where the refuge for the troubled and weary? Who can soothe the groaning ones? It won’t be their school counsellors. It won’t be their politicians. It won’t be false Christianity, for it is as tainted as the secular institutions.

And while the humanists push the people to despair with their God-hating, immoral, empty philosophies, the God they are denying–The Eternal God, our Creator–is hearing the cries of hurting hearts and is offering a place of refuge for all. He really is the answer for mankind! Without Him, people stumble on in darkness to their own hurt and destruction. His great salvation brings deliverance from all sin and its attending sorrows. How blessed are those who have partaken of this unspeakable gift!

Come, all ye hurting souls. Come, all ye disillusioned youth. Forsake the wretched course of this world with its corruption and sin, and find real life–a far more abundant life–in Jesus Christ. Trade your darkness for light and your mourning for joy.

Hear His own words of invitation: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

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