God, I’ve watched the news, one report after another; and to be honest— I can’t look anymore. The pain overwhelms me: the faces of children— so many children, lost in the water. I can’t take it. Can you? Are you watching? Can you hear the desperation— the cries of children tonight? Children who just want to go home, to their room, their bed, their toys. And it’s there—they can see it, but it’s a mirage left by water they can’t understand. Can you feel the tears of a child, with every toy, every stuffed animal, rotting with mold from the flood? Their best school clothes ready to go, backpacks filled with supplies. Or they were—before they left, they were—before their school flooded. Tonight, God, I can’t bear the pain, the tears. I just hope you can. Amen
Glenn Pemberton is a minister turned professor turned writer. After serving churches in Texas and Colorado, Glenn completed a Ph.D. (Old Testament). He then taught at Oklahoma Christian University before coming to Abilene Christian University in 2005, retiring as professor emeritus in 2017 due to a severe chronic pain. Glenn now spends his time writing for the church. Along with short essays he has published four books, including The God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament (2015), and Hurting with God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms (2012). Glenn and his wife Dana continue to live in Abilene, Texas.