Sunday, November 10, 2013

Prayers for those suffering…

Some days I find myself wishing for this, that or the other. Wondering why it’s so hard to achieve goals or ‘move up’ in the world. Wondering why my son was chosen to live a life with Juvenile Arthritis. I think if we are all honest we’d admit we do this. Then days like today I’m reminded how very blessed I truly am. I scroll through the headlines on the Yahoo homepage and read….

"Philippine typhoon deaths climb into thousands…”

I could be one of those thousands living in the Philippines mourning the loss of my home, my city, my family.  I could be walking along streets littered with bodies of my neighbors and friends amongst all the debris that has been tossed around by Typhoon Haiyan. The Yahoo article reports that…“Officials projected the death toll could climb even higher when emergency crews reach areas cut off by flooding and landslides. Even in the disaster-prone Philippines, which regularly contends with earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical cyclones, Typhoon Haiyan appears to be the deadliest natural disaster on record.” As if the typhoon wasn’t enough they are also dealing with flooding and landslides as they continue to search for those missing.

Reading this brings me back to what matters. I have all that I need and during these times I must remember that every day there are others who are suffering in some way or another. I am blessed with a home, food, clothes, family, friends…more than I could ever possibly need.

During this month of thanks, let’s not only be thankful for the things we have but let us also pray for those who are suffering. Those who are living with terrible loss. Those who are wondering where their next meal will come from or how they will keep their children warm during the next few months. Let us look outside of ourselves and extend love, even if just in the form of prayer, to those in greater need.

My prayers and thoughts go out to all of those in the Philippines. I do not know their names or their stories but my God does. He can hold them in His hand and provide them with peace and comfort that no man can provide. Some may ask why God would allow such a horrible thing to happen but it is not our place to question. He can see them through this and He can provide everything they need during this extremely difficult time. I pray that doors are opened and hearts are softened so that all that needs to be provided to these families makes a way to them. May they cross paths with those who love Him and find the most treasured blessing…salvation in Him.