The Hurting World | November 15, 2015

Paris, France

Beirut, Lebannon

Baja California, Mexico

Kyushu, Japan

Bagdad, Iran

When I heard about all these tragedies around the world, my heart immediately started to ache and I started to think about everyone who was involved. We are all involved. At the time, I was at a retreat, far from the university, far from the world. It’s so easy to just forget about the issues going on around the world. It’s so easy to turn off your phone and turn your head. Turn on your phone and look directly at what has happened. This isn’t something we should ever forget about. It will take time, but learn to forgive the terrorists. Don’t forget about the victims and their families.

Our first instinct would be to throw questions around. Why is this happening? What did we do to deserve this? How can we help? What is going on? WHY? At the moment, there are no answers to these millions of questions, but there will be. It’s painful to be patient, but the answers will come. Have hope.

We’re all physically broken and hope seems so far off. Words and prayers feel empty, but have no fear. The world is aware of the situations and doing their best to help. Prayers are so full of power because we’re crying out to God, pleading for mercy and for a glimpse of hope. He hears us and He has a definite plan that we cannot comprehend. It takes a lot of trust to depend on something you cannot see, but just know that He is here.

“But the lord is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide.” Psalms 94:22 (NLT)

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

“The lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.” Psalms 145:18-19 (NLT)

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.” Psalsm 46:1-2 (NLT)

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  ” Matthew 11:28 (NLT)

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)

Other things you can do to help:

  • Prayer
  • Donate blood or to Red Cross
  • Show solidarity ie. Facebook
  • Donate to local French charities [x][x]
  • Bring awareness
  • Opening yourselves up

There’s so much fear about our safety and about what to come, so we must be open to whatever will happen. I can’t exactly say that “everything will be okay” because right now, things are chaotic. I have no idea how affected countries feel, but I can only imagine. I still have a deep hurt and yearning to do something. Don’t underestimate yourself because everyone has the capabilities to help one another. To not be afraid is definitely easier said than done, but as people, we can minimize the fear by joining together in love and care and forgetting our differences that seem to make us far apart from one another.

To everyone who is hurting: Stay strong; we’re here with you.

Alice

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