Monday, January 18, 2010

Burden-Bearer ... or Armchair Observer?

"Awake, O Lord! Why do You sleep? Rouse Yourself! Do not reject us forever. Why do You hide Your face and forget our misery and oppression? We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground. Rise up and help us; redeem us because of Your unfailing love"
- Psalm 44:23-26.

Who among us hasn't been moved by the images and stories we've viewed in recent days? Are we content to sit and sadly observe? Or are we ready to rise up and help carry the load?

1. BE INFORMED. Do keep up with what is happening. But also keep in mind that Haiti's tragedy and recovery will be a marathon, not a sprint. Put some parameters around your TV/radio/internet usage so that you won't become overwhelmed.

2. PRAY. We're so quick to say we'll do this, but how many of us are passionately faithful intercessors? Keep a pen and paper by your remote control, and write down specific people or situations that touch your heart. Ask God to use this tragedy to turn you into a prayer warrior.

3. GIVE. There are many organizations that are dedicated to bringing relief and hope. Choose an established one that has a proven track record of service. We at Creekside Ministries are honored to be connected to Samaritan's Purse through the ministry of our colleague, Brent Carl.

- A NY congregation bears burdens -

So don't be content to be an armchair observer. "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" - Galatians 6:2.

Interceding with you ~

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