All Perish in Air Crash
Toddler Dies in Flood Waters
Attack Leaves 2 Dead 6 Injured
This Cancer Still Has No Cure
Nameless, faceless, headlines. Disaster statistics. Someone else far
away. They evoke a safe compassion and a hollow concern. Were thankful
they are not about us or ours!
But when you know one of the victims, the emotions are as real as the
people. These are real people with real families and real lives that
wont ever be lived. They ARE usjust with different addresses. These
people each have a name!
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to live his life in our
fractured world. We are not afforded the comfortable illusion that the
news is entertainment or some grim freak show. These people each have a
How do we respond?
How do we make a difference from long distance?
How do we react without just feeling sorry for them?
How would Jesus react to the people in the latest headlines?
Let me make a few suggestions to help get us started:
- Read and listen to the news with redemptive concern.
When we hear of disasters, heartbreaks, and tragedies, lets pray for
Gods protection, blessing, comfort, and healing for those involved and
their families. Praying releases Gods blessing into their lives.
- Care with active compassion.
Visit, write, and call those whom you can contact. It doesnt have to be
a long letter or an extended call. Share a simple message: My heart is
touched by your tragedy. I will pray for each day this week. I want you
to know your loss will not be forgotten. If you cant help them, then
help someone you CAN reach. Lets not let our compassion grow cold and
- Notice the neglected.
Lets notice the folks forgotten and shunned the next time were in a
public gathering. Lets speak a pleasant greeting to them. Just as Jesus
validated the importance of each person he met, so can we.
People are more than headlines, statistics, and potential TV clips. These people each have a name!