Hard to write a blog when, if you have the news on, a 5 year old is missing and the country can’t find her. It’s not easy feeling powerless, and that can be part of our everyday experience in part, or sometimes wholly.
It is something we learn to live with, hopefully without getting destructively angry, or disengagingly apathetic, and still find a voice of prayer. The media does enable us to stand alongside individuals in their plight, and twitter-type media allow us to partake, along with celebrities, in doing ‘something.’ Is it secular prayer?
We are currently, through no great design or plan, a very very busy church. This evening people were meeting to chat and plan about Ignite, about Bliss, discussions and e-mails concerning the Harvest Service, Footsteps meeting for fellowship, with Nexus happening yesterday, alongside a Church weekend meeting, and Freedom in Christ runs tomorrow. The Ladies met Damian this afternoon, following on from the Pastoral Visitors meeting, happening at the same time as Olive Branch, with the Working Party loving the building into shape. And folk meeting for coffee, sharing phone calls… ETC!
But this is the point. All these things started with an individual, moved by compassion, finding others who shared that compassion, and turning it into action.
Compassion is how Jesus engaged with the folk around him, and this put his love into powerful action. We are called to know and minister the same power. For his glory, not ours.
Don’t be afraid to compash! And send your power, O Lord, our God, our God, our God!