What do we do when WE can’t do anything? Perhaps you find this question a bit nonsensical. After all, if we can’t do anything then we can’t do anything, right? But over the past few days and weeks, this question has begun to make more and more sense to me. As I see the great havoc that this virus (COVID-19) is wreaking on the world. As I see so many persons over the world losing their lives and losing loved ones. As I see so many persons losing jobs and having their income suspended. As I see the world’s hustle-and-bustle grind to a halt due to social distancing.
As I see all this, I can’t help but feel vulnerable and afraid. The future seems so uncertain and so out of my control. Again I ask the question: what do we do when WE can’t do anything? In other words, is there anything that I/you/we can do in a time like this to change things even when things are just so much out of our control? Well I’m here to tell you, there is. There is hope! What do we do when we can’t do anything? The answer is simple and strangely obvious: WE PRAY!
After all, isn’t that the definition of prayer? Doing something, when WE can’t do anything at all. Coming to the end of ourselves and relying on the strength of a transcendent other. Depending on someone who can do something, who can turn things around for us. For me, as a Christian, this person is the sovereign God – the creator and sustainer of the Universe. And someone who cares for us!
The Easter weekend is here upon us and although Christians can’t gather together in Church buildings as we normally do, we still remember the old yet ever-relevant Easter story. A story of love, a story of rescue, a story of salvation, a story of victory, a story of hope! “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
So in a time like we are in now, when we may feel weak, vulnerable and exposed, is there anything that we can do? For me, the answer is a resounding YES! And that fills me with hope and peace. We pray to God. We pray to the one who remains strong even when we feel weak. We pray to the one who can do sooo much even when we can do so little. We pray to the one who cares for us even when we don’t feel much cared for. WE PRAY!
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” Max Lucado
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