So I've been fussy lately. Had a few down days where motherhood beat me. I've been tired in the heat and climbing all these stairs all day long. And it's been a great summer but I've complained about dumb stuff in the midst of all my lavish comforts, joys, blessings....
And thousands are being killed in Palestine and Israel and Iraqi Christians and minorities are being hunted down and slaughtered in their streets. Children beheaded in public squares. Homes in Iraq being marked with the "N" letter (in Arabic) to show where Nazarenes, Christians, live so if they return to their homes they can be executed too. Father, forgive my loathsome self-centeredness!
I want to stand with my brothers and sisters in Iraq. And remember too, the victims in both Palestine and Israel. The humbling conviction and wisdom needed for all these leaders.
And India... where the most gruesome, horrifically violent rapes imaginable are happen repeatedly. Two girls hung from a tree when a group of three brothers is done with them. And the girl who was gang raped on a moving bus a few months ago? The one who had an iron rod jabbed up her, wrecking all her organs? She died after 13 days of expert hospital care. And... oh well?
Move us to action, Lord! Move your people to prayer and fasting for those we've never met. And move, Lord, in your peer and mercy, rescue these sufferers! Move your people to giving and going. To sacrificing and serving and humbly loving. Move us beyond ourselves Lord. Bring your kingdom!
(Broken and grateful for stirring leads in the sidebar and this post from Ann V.)