#PrayforParis. Everywhere you look today online, that hashtag and those three small words combined with several different symbols seem to jump out, slap you in the face, punch you in the gut, stab you in the heart.
In the wake of last night’s tragedy in Paris – and I almost used the words ‘unthinkable tragedy’, but these acts of terrorism happen far too often these days to be deemed unthinkable – praying for Paris and the people there is on many people’s minds and hearts. As well it should be.
This is not the time for political posturings, pointing fingers, pompous platitudes from ANYONE, friends.
It’s time for prayer. Fervent, faithful prayer.
We here in America have been where these folks are now. We’ve felt that vulnerability, that confusion, that fear, that horror; we’re well acquainted with that pain, that grief, that anger. We’ve lived that nightmare.
The vast majority of us here – the ordinary John and Jane Does – probably don’t have bucketloads of money at our disposal which we can draw upon to hop on planes to Paris to help out in whatever way we can, or to send in the form of checks to assist in the aftermath of all the death & destruction in the City of Light.
But we do have the ability to clasp our hands together, or hold onto another’s hands…and to pray.
Maybe instead of clasping hands, you feel like clenching your fists & shouting to God, ‘Where were You??!!!’ The way so many may have felt after the Oklahoma City bombings. Or after 9-11. Or after learning of the ISIS beheadings of 21 Ethiopian Christians on the beach.
Well, that’s a form of prayer, too. God knows, understands, and is big enough to take your cries of anger, your laments of doubt. He’s here, and He’s listening.
But regardless of how you may feel, if you’re of a person of prayer – then by all means please do
Pray for help. Pray for healing. Pray for hope. Pray for humanity. #prayforparis
'All praise goes to God, Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He is the Father of compassion, the God of all comfort. He consoles us as we endure the pain & hardship of life so that we may draw from His comfort & share it with others in their own struggles.'~2 Corinthians 1:3-4, the Voice.