This morning while driving I heard it on the radio that today was the National Prayer day. The host on the Christian station urged that we pray for America, that America will head to the ‘right direction.’ I am growing each day more uncertain of what the ‘right’ direction looks like in our society, so the notion of praying for my country for a direction I don’t know made me switch the station back to KUT. Joy was on the radio and her piece on the diminishing African American community in Austin ran beautifully. Then I checked my facebook as I stopped on a red light and my pastor’s status asked people to pray for the nation. It read prayers can not only change a heart but a nation. So I turned off the radio. And I prayed.
It was the only word that came to my mind.
I think about the children and the teachers who were shot at Sandy Hook. I think of Syria where bombings and raids have become a normality. I think of starving detainees in Guantanamo who have been imprisoned without a trial for a decade and now being forced-fed. I think of Bangladesh where 400 people, 400 people, who were making less than $25 a month, were killed in a factory fire.
Despite the gravity of their despairs, life will go on. Life will go on for the fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters who have lost their loved ones. They will somehow garner up the strength to carry on. They will remember the beauty in the simplest things. They will learn to live with a pain that no words or amount of time can heal. One way or another, they will see that the ground they stand on will remain and wait for them to take another step. They will love, give, share, suffer and endure, yet again. Life is resilient.
But their resilience should never excuse our inaction.
I don’t know how I will be a part of Jesus’s work. I don’t know when the Spirit will lead me to places I only dare dream of going. But when, how or where I go is irrelevant. The heart He has given me to care, to weep, to love, to pray and fast for His people is the only thing that matters. To live out His compassion alone will stand tried and true.
“The only thing that matters is faith expressing itself through love.” Gal 5:6
Faith expressing itself through love.
I pray that we will be nation of compassion where we express our faith in humanity through loving, serving and caring for those near and far.