I Choose to Pray

filed under: I Am Servant on November 17, 2015
This entire situation has been tearing me apart. Like you, I have seen the pain, suffering, and unnecessary evils carried out and am devasted by the outcome.
I see Governors’ standing up and saying, “Not My State” when it comes to offering refugee’s sanctuary. I see people so understandably afraid; afraid of what evil we may be unknowingly allowing into our homes. I feel it too! The terror. The overwhelming desire to build a wall and keep evil out at all costs. 
But I cannot be guided by fear and feelings. As a Christian, my purpose and actions must align with God’s word.
“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” Matthew 25:35
It doesn’t say… but only if they are local.
God doesn’t tell us to only serve the people who deserve it in our opinion.
As much as I fear for my safety and the safety of my family, I can’t change my purpose based on how others will potentially react. I have to trust that my eternal home is decided and that no act of evil or threat on this earth can change that. (I am not saying you look evil in the eye and let it in! God definitely calls us to use discernment.)
As much as I want to reject and punish and run as far away as I possibly can from my perceived enemy, that is not who I am called to be. Not who WE are called to be.
Every weakness I have (fear, anxiousness, doubt, judgement) is an opportunity for God to show His strength. (2 Corinthian’s 12:9)
I choose to pray.

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  • Pam, NC says:

    yes, we can only just keep praying…

  • Joycelyn says:

    One person of the group who committed this horror in Paris had a Syrian passport. The remainder were either French Nationals or Nationals from other countries, yet a vast majority of Americans have decided not one single Syrian refugee should ever be permitted to enter the United States. The hypocrisy of it is astounding.

    Something to ponder
    It was a white Christian that blew up the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building killing 168 people. That was terrorism.
    The Aurora movie shooting, killed 12. Not a Muslim.
    Sandy Hook, 26 killed, 20 just little children…white terrorist, not Muslim.

    Why is it that suddenly Americans are cowering in their boots about surprise attacks? This has been going on for decades, and no one seemed to worry about it until the word Muslim was attached. You want to make yourself safer, try banning guns, or at least limiting the type of guns and ammo people can buy. Try demanding that all guns be registered, and demand background checks before a psycho can buy one.
    If ISIS ever did come here, they sure wouldn’t have to worry about getting their hands on guns!”


  • Lisa F. says:

    Thank you for this eye opening post. It’s so easy to close up and say why should we help others that are not our immediate people? I personally speaking was one of those people on the outside. Even though inside my heart I know that we are all children of God regardless of race, place of birth, or religion. Again thank you for reminding us our best form of defense is and always will be prayer and complete trust in his word. Thank you.

  • Linda says:

    Thanks for the reminder, Amanda. This is really touching as I’m going through some crisis myself. It’s not easy and I live in fear and hang on to God tightly. Yes, I choose to pray.

    • Amanda says:

      Praying with you Linda.

  • Becky says:

    Yes and Amen!

  • Teri Giese says:

    Our Heavenly Father always is there for us. We may not always hear exacts from Him, but He is there. Such a kind, gentle, passionate,and compassionate woman! Bold and forthcoming. Proud of your faith and leading a Christ centered and believing life. The word “Christian”,means, “Christ like”.Exactly where your thoughts come from. Thanks for opening the discussion in THE perfect way!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Teri!

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