Suffering

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Don’t you see,
Christian?

Open your eyes,
Self.

Our call is not to
the comfortable.

We know
we see
we hear
we read
about children suffering at the hands of abusers
about homeless teenagers fending for themselves
about humans trapped in the sex slave industry
about terrorists killing and torturing
about the elderly sitting lonely with their thoughts all confused
about the poor and disadvantaged here and abroad
about suffering…..
About Suffering!

And we sit
and we think about doing something some day

and TODAY is the day of their suffering.

The present is not comfortable for them.
This day chips away at their souls
and they are left in unimaginable pain
and hunger
and lostness….

and they haven’t heard
about The Way and The Truth and The Life

because too many of us are seeking to be comfortable
instead of doing something
for at least one
TODAY.

I put it off
for when it’s convenient
and I feel like getting off this couch
and giving up my time with my screens
and not spending every weekend on pleasure….

I think about
someone else taking care of it
because the problems are overwhelmingly big
and I am just ONE.

And that child
who sits in filth
and can’t go to school
she lives with relatives
who abuse her
and don’t value
this ONE

this child grows
to find herself
selling the only thing she possesses – herself
for money to live.

She is ONE.
And she needs ONE
to love with action.

She needs the hands
and feet
of Jesus.

Wake up, Sleeper.
There is agony all around you.

Bring Jesus’ LIGHT
to at least one person
and let it be today.

And it is very possible
to look this one in the eye
in person
and to touch that hand
and to bring cool water
and Living Water
yourself
because suffering is all around you.

And sometimes you are able
to travel
to find one
or many,
and your hands and feet go
over the land
and seas
because people matter
and because you have a message of hope.

We see
we hear
we read
….and we respond.

Because we are called to rise
and act,
and
NOT
to
be comfortable.

– Susie Stewart

 

“…let us not love with words or speech, but with action and in truth.”

-1 John 3:18 (NIV)

 

“Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!”

-Ephesians 5:14-16 (MSG)

 

“’I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.'”

– John 14:12 (NLT)

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