“In my life, there is but one constant, the one thing I can rely on, no matter what I’m dealing with, and that’s the steadfast love of God.” ~ Jimmy Greene, whose youngest daughter Ana Marquez-Greene was killed in the school shooting in Newtown, CT.
According to the Washington Post, this was on Jimmy Greene’s website before the shootings. I’m reminded of Paul’s writing from Philippians.
In Philippians 4:4-7, Paul writes, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness (other translations replace gentleness with ‘consideration for others’) be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
What many people don’t know is that Paul is writing this from a Roman prison. In Philippians 1:12-14 Paul tells us, “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
Jimmy Greene knows what Paul knew. There is one constant: The steadfast love of God.