Don't just pray for Paris...
I'm sure almost everyone knows about what is happening in Paris tonight.
I was at work when I saw notices and stories popping up in my feed on the tragedy going on in France. I scrolled through, and felt disbelief root in me. As an American, I've become almost accustomed to terrible headlines scrolling across the screen, blaring out how the USA has had another act of violence occur. Whether it be a school or a cop, it seems to be the only type of news story I hear about anymore.
However, Friday night reminded me that evil is universal.
I'm certain there are those of you who might be offended by this (who isn't offended by something nowadays?), but when I say and share the words, "Pray for Paris," I really do mean them. I pray every single day, not just when these instances of horror occur. As a Christian, it is a vital form of communication to me. But it is a uniting phrase that becomes popular when tragedy strikes.
Yes, I am praying for Paris. I am praying and crying for the lives that were needlessly lost. Not only that, but I want to do something.
Praying only when it's convenient to you does NOTHING.
I question whether anyone who's sharing that popular slogan above even does that - pray.
Do you? Do you really? If you are, what are you praying to?
Don't just share a photo and think you've done your part. Whether you're a prayerful person or not, I encourage you to find out how you can help the people of France right now.
Here are links to international aid organizations that are offering assistance to those affected by this tragedy. Whether you are in Paris or not, you can do something to help.
If you know of any other organizations that are directed towards helping the people of France, feel free to leave a comment below linking to it.
Don't just pray for Paris.
Pray AND do something.
Because words without actions means nothing.
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others.
Matthew 6: 5