When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love – Marcus Aurelius
The world is hurting. Hopelessness is spoken
in every language right now.
We are hurting. Devastation, despair,
conflict, pain is felt in the in the aftershocks
caused by the earthquakes, the hungry faces,
and the wars that just won’t end.
The world is hurting. Faith is being covered
by landslides of grief so thick it’s hard to recognize
where it once lived.
We are hurting. Bombs are falling.
Nuclear plants are failing.
Solid ground is giving way
to shifting sand.
The world is hurting. It needs a lift, a boost;
a chance to see a glimpse of hope
through the ashes.
Arise and pour out your kindness.
Let it fall down and wash away
the pain with its healing grace.
Arise and pour out your faith.
Let it strengthen the weak
so they can clear the debris
and claim their homes again.
Arise and pour out your love.
Kiss the souls of the brothers and sisters
who will be part of your family forever.
Raise your voice to tell
the world you are here.
Lift your eyes to see
what you can do.
Reach out to touch
The moment to show
your beautiful colors
- Alex Blackwell -
All around us there are "things" happening - war, fighting, hate, out of control fires, flooding, homelessness, poverty, pain, hurt, frustration, cancer, fear of the unknown . . . the list could go on and on!! But TODAY is the day to ARISE, STEP UP and REACH OUT to those around you. Look around you today - what do you see? What can you do today to touch someone's life? Can you point them to the One who can offer hope, help and healing? Jesus is waiting to make this a special day for you and those you reach out to. Lets step out in faith and reach out and touch someone today!
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24