Don't Look Away. Pray. Do Good.

Another horrific attack. Seventy deaths. Children suffocating, foaming at the mouth from the poison. How could this happen again. It’s hard not to want to just look away. I get it. I want to look away too. This is hard to see. Hard to acknowledge. Hard to know. Yet regardless this is happening – it’s been happening.

It’s so important for us to not ignore it.

This is what evil looks like, this is what evil does. And the way we fight evil is to counter it with good, good and righteous anger about the injustice, and love, grace, and compassion for the victims.

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If you pray, pray.

Don't just say you’ll pray; commit to it; follow through. Pray for those who have been affected, their families, and those on the ground scrambling to help.

We have met with workers who felt your prayers. We have met with victims who have described a peace that surpassed all logic coming over them in moments of horrific trauma and utter loss. They could not understand how it happened, they didn’t even believe in God, and yet they knew in those moments that God was with them. This was powerful and something no one can take away from them. So pray. It does make a difference.

If you can help, help.

Whether it is donating to organizations like WAM who are helping in those areas, fundraising for the victims, or raising awareness and constructively speaking out against these injustices, do it.

Go do something good.

Finally, go do something good for someone else. Even if it is just something seemingly trivial. Go and out and be determined to be kind to everyone you meet today. Buy someone a coffee. Anonymously do something good. It will be good for them; it will be good for your soul. Especially now. 

It's hard to feel safe when all you have known in your short life is chaos, trauma, and loss. Having people come along side you, just "being" next to you, can be the beginning of feeling a little safe again. Pictured: During one of the days camps specific to helping traumatized children. 

It's hard to feel safe when all you have known in your short life is chaos, trauma, and loss. Having people come along side you, just "being" next to you, can be the beginning of feeling a little safe again. Pictured: During one of the days camps specific to helping traumatized children.