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I was standing in my office
Having prayed for Christ’s sweet peace
When I came to know His purpose:
To overcome, that evil cease

I thought I saw before me
A covered immense pit
One corner lifted slightly
For a dark brief instant

The depth of evil, the vastness
Caused me to fall back, overcome
I collapsed, quite shocked and breathless
And cried silently to the Son

How can we ever come to hope?
Or survive such vast darkness?
While injustices are shown…
Ought they, forever, to harm us?

Then, these words came to my mind
“Be of good cheer, I have overcome”
For God, the world, and  mankind!

Jesus has marked the path and won!

Juxtaposed from evil
I felt peace rise, to judge well
With a love for all people…
There is a way out of hell

I felt deeper appreciation
For the intensity of suffering
Of the Lord, for our salvation…
And, was overwhelmed by this offering!

I felt peace in His power
To repair, reclaim, and cleanse
To save us in that hour
Good WILL triumph in the end!

I was standing in front of a chair in my office pleading with the Lord to help me understand how such evil could have been perpetrated. I did not see but rather sensed an immense pit with a covering over it. One corner of the covering was lifted slightly for just an instant, and I perceived within the pit the depth and vastness of the evil that exists in this world. It was greater than I could really comprehend. I was overcome. I collapsed into the chair behind me. The experience seemed to take my breath away. I cried silently, “How can we ever hope to overcome such evil? How can we survive something so dark and overwhelming?”

In that moment there came to my mind this phrase: “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Seldom have I felt such peace juxtaposed with the reality of evil. I felt a deeper appreciation for the intensity of the Savior’s suffering and had a better, even frightening, appreciation for the depth of what He had to overcome. I felt peace for the man who was before us for judgment, knowing he had a Redeemer, whose grace was sufficient to cleanse him and also repair the injustices he had suffered. I knew better that good will triumph because of Jesus Christ, whereas without Him we would have no chance. I felt peace, and it was very sweet.



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