Monday night, 22 people lost their lives in a cowardly act of terrorism in Manchester, UK. As people are identified, we grieve for those lost in this senseless act of violence. With the community banding together and posts from around the world with prayers and support, there is hope and light found despite the evil acts. And the next question is how do we help?
In a world that gets increasingly smaller with each new social media outlet, it becomes a struggle to identify where to help and where to concentrate our efforts.
Like many others, my heart weeps for those lost and the families members who are left behind. As Christians, we have been called to love the world. And in the midst of such tragedies, we have an opportunity to bring comfort and love in the darkest night.
Prayer should not be a last resort when there’s nothing else we can do, but rather the first thought in the wake of destruction.
But our greatest asset sometimes seems like it’s not enough. We want action, not words, especially in dealing with those hurting or facing loss. But we have an open line to the Lord of all comfort. When words and actions fail, God is there to bring comfort and peace and strength. As families begin to mourn, pray that they may be comforted. As first responders and doctors and hospital staff deal with the damage, pray that they may have strength and guidance in their work. As the body of Christ reaches out to the wounded, the hurting, those searching for answers of why, pray that they may be unified and have opportunities to reach those lost, confused, or angry.
Although we may not find ourselves near enough to help, there are some great organizations that provide disaster relief. Consider donating your time or money to a trusted source. The SBTC (Southern Baptists of Texas Convention) provides training and certification in disaster relief preparation, training and response both locally and abroad. There are many organizations that are designed to step in and help out in times of tragedy.
As followers of Christ we are called to love in tangible ways as Christ did.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34-35