In a way, this post is kind of “Part 2” of yesterday’s post. I mentioned yesterday that often in the times where hope needs to be offered, there aren’t really words or actions that can give that hope… rather, being present is simply enough.
While I believe that is often completely true, I can’t just stop there. No, I’m not saying that I want to do more. Rather, my heart calls out, “What about the times when I CAN’T be there?”
Three months ago I moved halfway across the country from all my family and friends. I’ve come to realize how difficult it can be to see friends and family go through hard times (and good times too) and be hundreds of miles away… feeling helpless.
While technology is wonderful and allows for more communication during those times, the act of just “being” with them, isn’t really an option. How do I give hope in those times?
Up until this last week I probably would have finished this story by saying something to the effect of “I guess all I can do from here is pray for them.”
While that is a true statement, I can’t really DO anything else… I realized a new, and what I believe to be a better, perspective while listening to Pastor’s sermon this weekend:
Prayer shouldn’t be my only option to help simply because I’m not close enough to do something “more.” With this perspective, I make prayer something small. But dear friends, prayer is anything but small. As Pastor Chuck said, “The prevailing power of God flows through people who pray.”
Instead of seeing myself limited to this seemingly insignificant task due to my distance from those hurting, I can feel privileged to be able to pray for my family and friends when they experience trials and joys in life.
I can find FAITH that God’s power works through the prayers I’m lifting up for the CUNE/Seward community as they mourn the loss of a little 10-year old girl right now.
I can find JOY even in being able to stand on a hill with arms outstretched… praying that the God of HOPE would surround the hearts and minds of those I care about whether I can be present with them or not.
I can find PEACE as I pray that those I love would find hope to be an “anchor for their soul” (Hebrews 6:18-20).
And through that process of prayer, I am then also anchored to Hope Himself, Jesus Christ.