An Entrance into Suffering


by Kathy Davis - Director of Wholistic Care

Cancer, disease, school and movie theatre shootings, marathon finish line bombings, war torn nations, earthquakes, tornadoes, sex trafficking, and orphaned and abandoned children are daily reminders that all is not well with this world. 

 

My heart grieves at the reality of pain so deep that many are left reeling by tragic loss and sudden death. It is in these times where real hope in the person of Jesus Christ is not far away, but near. The hope of Jesus is not relegated to just words on a page, but life-giving balm for souls in deep agony.

 

Psalm 34:18 - The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

 

Reconciling painful injustices and tragic hardship against the backdrop of God’s grace and mercy provide ongoing and tangible opportunities to demonstrate the love of God in Christ Jesus. 

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

 

Where suffering abounds; the church is privileged to draw near and enter in to comfort and care for the hurting. This is where God’s people become tangible agents of grace, comfort, and care.

 

May the plight of the global orphan crisis in our world never become ordinary. World Orphans provides regular opportunities to participate in the painful suffering of orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. The global orphan crisis beckons the church to stay engaged and act on behalf of the fatherless.  

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One way to enter in and participate with the rescue and care of orphans is to become a Rescue Partner.  For $33 a month, you can become a Rescue Partner and change a child’s story. 

 

Another way is to participate in World Orphans second annual Rescue Run.  We will be hosting a family fun opportunity to run a 5K with runners from four states. We will have the honor of linking arms and entering in to the suffering of orphaned children around the world…together.

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In the face of suffering and tragedy, we are not without hope.  There will be a day when death and suffering will be no more, but until that day, may we not neglect to enter in.

 

Revelation 21:4 - He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

 

 

 

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