Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Wednesday, 03/07/12

Old Testament: Genesis 42:18-28
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 5:6-6:8
Gospel: Mark 4:1-20

   For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
    the afflicted who have no one to help.”
Psalm 72:12  

By the time you are reading this during Lent 2012, I will be just about six months removed from my first mission trip to Haiti.  The planning for our return in less than six months will commence shortly.  The enormity of the issues that Haiti and its people face can be overwhelming, distress ing, paralyzing.  Every day, I pray for our brothers and sisters there.  

There are old clichés about not being able to see the forest for the trees, about needing to understand the big picture.  In Haiti, the big picture is the enemy for missionaries or anyone else who wants to help.  The need in Haiti is to focus on the trees, not the forest.  Otherwise, one would be tempted to second guess and ask questions such as,  "What can one person do here?  What can a dozen people do here?  What can a hundred people do?"  

Futility.  Hopelessness. 

But the Haitian people are anything but hopeless.  They are not hopeless because of their faith in Christ, their ability to be in the moment, and their gratitude for what each moment brings. 

As Christians, we all understand that Christ changed the world; and if you think about it, He changed the world essentially one person at a time.  His acts of kindness, understanding, healing, and love bestowed upon the neediest who cried out and the afflicted who had no one to help.  Christ set an example that has transcended time and is manifest in those that do His good works in places like Haiti today. 

Single acts changed the world then, and they can change the world today.


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