Instead of Wringing our Hands

I originally wrote this in 2004, and find it still relevant in the wake of news stories that tempt me to wring my hands.  When you get a chance to sit a few minutes, perhaps you’d like to look up the scriptures I’ve listed and ask God your own questions…

After the tsunami hit Southern Asia, I found myself unable to stop thinking about those poor people. I shed many tears imagining the grief they were literally hit with. I would wake up in the night and wonder what kind of misery those affected were facing. I thought of the parents who’d lost their children and the children now orphaned, having lost their parents. My mind was filled with images I’d seen on the news. I heard of many who were making trips to bring various kinds of aid and I wondered what I should do. One evening when thoughts of the agony were weighing heavily on me, I escaped to a quiet place and with tears streaming, I asked God “What am I supposed to do with all this?”

God answered…

Care It’s important that you pause and that you’re mindful. The news and the images are bound to bring tears, but don’t stop at continually thinking about the people affected, the burden will be too great. Also, don’t forget to care for those around you, in your own circle of influence. (Galatians 6:2)
Pray Pray for the needs of those halfway around the world, or halfway around the block. Pray about and for every need on your heart and mind.   Pray every time one of those disturbing images comes to mind. Release the needs to me. (Philippians 4:6&7)

Give what you have to give (time, resources, labor), to meet the needs that are brought to your attention. I will put in your heart the extent of what I expect from you.  (2 Corinthians 9:7&8)

Live Live the life I’ve blessed YOU with. Once you’ve taken the time to care, pray and give, it’s ok to be thankful for your own life and to go on living it. Don’t forget about joy. (1Thessalonians 5:16 – 18)

Care, Pray, Give, Live

As we pray for victims and victims’ families of the Las Vegas massacre, I’m still looking for a solid place to give.  I’ve read bits and pieces about Go Fund Me accounts, but haven’t had a chance to do enough research to recommend anything.  If you’ve found something trustworthy, you can put a link in comments.

When it comes to giving toward relief in the wake of disaster (like hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Jose, for example), we trust Samaritan’s Purse. They are prepared and respond with integrity to both victims and donors.

Samaritan’s Purse