I have been at a loss as well. As I began to preach these sermons the conflicts in Egypt and Syria were heavy on the news. How can the church help in those situations? What can I personally do? Will there ever be any hope in a world with such desolation? How can I communicate the need for our church in Conway, AR to think, pray, and act as a measure of grace to people hurting at the other end of the world?
I'm still not totally sure what all should be done and what we could do. I'm hoping that as a church and as I present these messages that an awareness, a conversation will begin that will draw upon the gifts of many to come up with some action of grace and mercy and love. I'm praying for a world away that God will be made known and help us to be his representatives. I'm preaching a message of justice for the world that goes beyond thinking about just us! And let's face it, the world doesn't need our government, our rules, our economy, our smiles, our care packages. The hurting of the world, those who are treated unjustly through oppression need our Savior. Give them hope through Jesus and while it may not take their oppression away, it will give them a new life and new sight for a day when God redeems the world and restores all of creation. Come Lord Jesus!