Grief grips my heart today, today of all days.
On this day we remember the shock, the complete horror, and the death.
Has the world climbed out of this pit of terror? Or only sunk more deeply?
On this day, this anniversary of the falling of towers that looked so strong and mighty, we are surrounded by grief.
Grief over toddlers washed up on shorelines. Grief over so many losing homes and lives to a type of terror that is hard to even comprehend. Grief over story after story of young girl sold into sex slavery.
And like that day years ago now, where our eyes could not look away from our televisions as terror made itself known on our shores, we can’t look away.
We want to look away. It hurts our souls, what we see, but that part of our core that demands justice demands we don’t look away.
But what can we do? Are we helpless?
I’m sharing some links today, because I don’t want to feel helpless in the face of such evil, I don’t want you to feel helpless either. So let us, each of us, start a movement. Let us act, let us love, and let us pray.
An impassioned plea from Ann Voskamp for the Church to open its doors, and welcome those who have no where to go:
Kasey Norton from Walking Redeemed asks us to slow down and take stock of what is important, making our lives a refuge in Him in the face of fear.
Woman to Woman Ministries calls us to hit our knees and pray in a world seeking to divide.
Jennifer Clark from A Divine Encounter offers Truth to wrap your heart around, because when trouble multiplies, Grace Magnifies.
In this intense reflection from Jess Nail at Give Me Strength she asks us simply to not look away.
After the movie War Room shocked box offices with its huge opening (maybe they shouldn’t be surprised in a world that is thirsting for hope) Precept Ministries International asks, Do you have a War Room? And in light of all that is happening in the world, it is a good question.
In this post with a poem honoring the holocaust last year, I asked us to not to hide our eyes from the evil happening in our world.
You see the truth is we can actually take action. We are not helpless and we are not hopeless. We can take action in our homes, in our communities. We can take action on our knees and in our hearts. We need not fear these times in front of us, because we have a great God.
Even more though, we honestly have a responsibility to do whatever we can to reach out in aid and in help.
Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve. Proverbs 24:11-12
You and I may not be able to do much in the face of the evil we see in todays world, but you and I are not helpless. Let us hit our knees in prayer, let us open our hands and our doors in aid, let us open our hearts and our eyes. Let us not ever say, “Look, we didn’t know.”
The last thing I’m choosing to share with you today is a video of a friend of mine. An Iraq War Veteran, he knows personally the kind of people he’s asking help for. He is raising funds for Soccer Salam, giving aid to those who need it. I’m asking you consider donating to his fundraising campaign.