I'm not going to comment on current events or recent tragedies in the world, but I will say that my heart is grieved...
Every morning I take some time to get really quiet about my desires, needs and wants so that I can reset my heart and surrender my will to a loving God. He gives me a rich portion of compassion, patience, humility, long suffering and kindness but I don't always use those gifts appropriately. My heart has a leaning towards selfishness, praying for MY friends and MY family and MY needs.
Then I realize...it's Not about me!
God has a clever way of pricking my heart towards the people of the world who are hurting and in need. I need only to slow down, listen and obey.
I've got to say that I am so grateful for a nice little spot that I can retreat to for my quiet time, but I'd find a way to sit at the Lord's feet even if I was living in a pit.
If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.
- Psalm 139:8-10
p.s. - just ignore that big ol' restoration hardware book on the side table...it's nothing but a needless distraction and I'm trying to decide which door or window to prop open with it!