A Spiritual Response to the Sydney Seige: Turn Your Eyes

It was a beautiful day. Sunshine and blessing blended into perfection.

Yet our hearts were breaking.

What do you say when your country falls apart? When a man takes a cafe hostage and two innocents are killed? What do you say?

We watched and cried in disbelief. Tossed and turned in restlessness, praying for the captives with every groan. And awoke to death. A sad day.

So what do I say? The last few weeks I have blogged about the light of Jesus. Again. And again. All I feel is darkness. A dark day in history. Our innocence has been stolen. This does not happen in Australia.

But it has.

We ask why? We wonder what could have been done. But this is not a political piece. There are others who are far more qualified. My response is spiritual.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

In the midst of heartache, all I hear is this: turn your eyes upon Jesus. Noah built an ark with one window toward heaven. Look up. And help comes. The light of His grace, the light of His glory – which is His goodness – will show the way.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher.

It is Christmas. This time of year belonging to Jesus. Turn your eyes from television. Turn them from social media. Turn them from opinion. Turn them back on Jesus. Look full into His grace and goodness. This season is Jesus; not death, not Muslim extremists, not pain.


Gaze on Him. Allow Jesus to melt away the sadness. Melt away the tears. He has the final say.

In the light of His glory and grace.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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