Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, March 1, 2022

Let Us Support Our Fellow Refugees

James B. Coats, first published in 1940 a classic song, “Where Could I Go but to the Lord.”  Some of the lyrics were, “Where could I go but to the Lord? Where could I go oh, where could I go, seeking the refuge for my soul needing a friend to save me in the end? Won't you tell me, where could I go but to the Lord?  Those poignant lyrics reflect the growing refugee crises in the Ukraine where over five hundred thousand have fled the war zone and over five million people are expected to flee.


The evil one is using his followers to inflict pain and suffering on the world for private gain, power, and influence. As a result, we are seeing a continual flood of asylum seekers whose only crime is being near evil.  All over the world refugees are trying to escape drug traffickers, war lords, climate change conditions, poverty, and starvation.  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that at the end of 2020, for the first time in recorded history, the number of people forcibly displaced was 82.4 million, and over 26.4 million refugees. 


The Bible tells us that those who love the Lord should do all they can to help them (Matthew 7:12).  As we help them through our volunteer work, petitions, and supporting organizations that are benefiting them, we can also pray. The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous are powerful (James 5:16).  Jesus says that when you help them, you have helped Him (Matthew 25:40). Let those who love God ask Him for wisdom as to how we best can serve.  Truly, we are our brother’s keepers.


Matthew 7:12

New International Version

12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


James 5:16

New International Version

16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.


Matthew 25:40

New International Version

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


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