I had been woken up very early for a number of days in December 2021 before the tragic jumping pillow event at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, to pray. It is clearer now why this was occurring. In the day (16 December 2021) following I did sense God give a word of encouragement for Devonport to pray through, even amongst the sadness of seeing six young lives lost. It seemed right to now share this, so please see below. For your prayerful consideration.
“Devonport, this city, will come of age. For this generation shall arise, and become a hope for many, brighter than the lighthouse, guiding many to His harbour, doing their Father’s business.
For while the spirit of this world will take life, the breath of God gives life, and life abundantly. He is the Resurrection and the Life, and the wind and word of His Spirit will blow, giving life to their mortal bodies, and even causing the dead to arise.
This is a defining moment for Devonport, but not as some might expect. For while the events at Hillcrest bring great pain, weeping, and sorrow, hope will emerge. It is time to grieve, and to do so well. Weeping with those who weep, grieving with those who grieve. But this season will come to an end. Out of the ashes of despair, life and love will triumph, and joy will return.
For the God of heaven and earth causes His breath to blow across this land, and the hearts and souls of many will come alive. So we shut the gate of this port to the spirit of destruction, and open wide the gate of righteousness in Jesus’ name. For this is the gate the righteous will enter, and we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Genesis 2:7; Psalm 118:19,20; Luke 2:42,49; John 10:10