There is so much unrest in our nation. It started with Covid19 and and only five months into 2020, the world is once again fighting an invisible enemy. Racism and police brutality. There is a lot of opinion, but on this page, today, I’m not sharing mine. Instead I’m making some suggestions to change the narrative and how we, as believers can support hurting people.
1. Educate yourself on a particular movement.
2. Work on your own habits and beliefs.
3. Research the local presence.
4. Take action in your community.
5. Go to a protest or demonstration.
6. Use social media.
7. Volunteer your time.
Lastly, choose to have conversation in a calm manner. Many social injustices bring out anger and hostility in people. Pray first, maybe even ask to pray before the conversation begins. Show your faith, not your emotions. Be a guiding light. Keep it real.
What does companionship have to do with faith? A lot, as it turns out! Conversation, conversion, discernment, spiritual direction, even sharing in community projects. It’s always more enjoyable with a friend.
If you regularly attend a church, you maybe involved with the different ministries that support the members or outside communities; such as social justice.
I’ve found that using the skills you already have can help others in what they may need. If you are organized, maybe help with the food shelf. If you like to read, volunteer to proof the newsletter. If you enjoy hearing about the “old days,” visit your elderly members. There is always a way to reach out, and in doing so, you increase your faith, and likely – that of those you are in contact with.
When you are a bright light in a dark world, sharing your testimony of faith is a gift to those who are open to hear it. I give God ALL the glory for bringing me out of ovarian cancer and healing my body. God planted the seeds for research and treatment, I am blessed beyond words, to be alive. Alive and well and cancer free.
So when you need a friend, reach out to those who know you, and perhaps you will extend your reach even further, to those you don’t.