Thoughts, Prayers and Action
Watching the news each morning, I find myself overwhelmed and brokenhearted. At times, I feel that all I can do is pray. Considering recent natural disasters and the horrifying tragedy in Las Vegas, I find my daily prayer times containing a consistent theme, “Dear God, our world desperately needs you right now.”
While our prayers are vitally important, I find myself challenged that we need more than thoughts and prayers. Our thoughts and prayers must be accompanied by faithful action. In fact, during my prayer times, a common theme has been laid on my heart, “We desperately need the Church to rise up and be the Church right now.”
In response to natural disasters and tragedies, we must lift our thoughts and prayers. However, we must join together in action. 1 John 3:18 calls us to “love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”
We can continue to contribute to UMCOR, which responds to natural disasters and tragedies around the world. Our response for hurricane relief was tremendous! The financial donations and collection of hygiene kits and flood buckets was a demonstration of what we can accomplish together!
We can donate blood. We can donate water. We can give to food pantries. We can provide a meal for a neighbor. We can express appreciation for first responders. We can spend time and volunteer with children and youth. We can visit and care for the orphaned and the widowed. We can commit to doing no harm in our interactions with others (in person and online). We can work for justice and call for an end to gun violence (You can read the UMC Book of Resolutions statement on gun violence at: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/gun-violence).
Today, our world needs the church to rise up and be the church. That means we will offer our thoughts, prayers, and actions to share the love, hope, grace, mercy, and compassion of Christ to a broken and hurting world.
I’d like to invite all of us to join our hearts in this prayer, shared by Darlene Neckers:
We come to you in our sadness and grief because of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
We ask for you to give strength to all. Bring comfort to those who suffer directly from
this evil and senseless act. May your healing touch be upon those in need, physically and emotionally. Please give wisdom to all medical staff and the authorities in charge.
Lord, calm our fears. We ask that the Holy Spirit help us to be more intentional in these days of evil and uncertainty in telling others of your everlasting love and gift of eternal life. Remind us to continue to be in prayer for the healing process for all.
In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.