This week the greater Cincinnati area was rocked by the Brogan Dulle tragedy. When a young person goes missing it is terrible, but it is something altogether different and exponentially severe when a young person loses their life. The tragedy surrounding Brogan Dulle hit the Cincinnati area very hard. Residents of the tri-state are saddened by his death, but the feeling has been much more somber given the conditions surrounding his death. The loss of hope that led to Mr. Dulle’s death is even more devastating than his physical death.
Proverbs 13:12 states, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick...” Human beings are hope-filled people, but when that hope is extinguished it is a devastating blow. The rest of Proverbs 13:12 states, “but when longing is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.” Hope and desire in the human soul make life possible and fulfilling; however, when hope is destroyed the human soul is crushed. Cincinnati was awakened to this tragic reality this week, but it does not make the harsh reality of life and death any easier to comprehend.
In Psalm 36:7-9, the Psalmist wrote “How precious is your loving kindness, God! The children of men take refuge under the shadow of your wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the abundance of your house. You will make them drink of the river of your pleasures. For with you is the spring of life. In your light shall we see light.” Cincinnati Christians know, firsthand, the loving-kindness of God and the hope and life that he gives to his people on a daily basis. As members of the family of God, Cincinnati Christians are walking temples of the presence of Christ and bring God’s hope and life to everyone they meet. God alone is the consistent, eternal and primary source of hope, goodness, life, and a joyful spirit.