Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Pray and Help Others

However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.  1 Peter 4:16

Happy Wednesday!  Recently there seems to be so much suffering on our minds.  Our hearts are heavy from stories related to natural disaster, mass shootings, politics and tragic deaths.  Often, though taking place in a distant destination, we have personal connections.  In our small county last week, we had a double murder suicide that was particularly hurtful to residents here.  The mother sent her two children, ages 5 and 7, to school and instructed them to say goodbye to their friends because they wouldn’t be returning.  The children were told that they would be leaving.  I’m sure they thought moving to another town.  That night the mother shot each child one at a time and then killed herself.  One child lived for a short time and was sent by helicopter to large hospital.  These types of stories are heart wrenching and all too common.

So, what can we do in situations like these?  As a Christian community we can donate money to the family for funeral expenses. Take food to the family.  Donate to a trusted fund for natural victims.  Give to local churches to help with homeless people and those living in poverty.  It is our duty to help the less fortunate, but helping others also helps us to cope.  Above all, we can and should pray.

This morning I challenge you to reach out and make a difference in our communities, country and world through prayer and giving.  God bless you.

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