Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
27 March 2011
Three months down the track
It has been a difficult three months. We have seen floods, cyclones, bushfires, earthquakes, a tsunami and the disabling of a nuclear reactor. Each new crisis has taken the attention away from its predecessor. But while out attention is diverted, the ones who lost family, friends, homes, maybe their livelihood to the earlier disasters continue to live with the effects of their crisis.
Our attentions and prayers have rightly been upon those caught up in the horrors unfolding in Japan. But it is important to pause and count back. The January floods happened about three months ago. If you know someone who was affected by those floods, why don't you check in on them. They may be fine. Grief is not text book. It may be though that they are feeling a bit wobbly just now and just don't know why and don't what to do with it. Let them know that this OK. Give them another hug. And pray for them all over again.