Be the Change

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“We can’t heal the world today but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, and an act of kindness.” – Mary Davis

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Psalm 145:18

God is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.

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As we witness the gut-wrenching images of desperate Afghans trying to escape the turmoil in their country, our hearts are moved.

As we witness the other gut-wrenching images of people affected by earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding around the world, our hearts are moved.

I do believe that God is near to those who call out, as God is in whom “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

God, who is love (1 John 4:8), is with us.

This Love isn’t the romantic, mushy kind of love we see in romance novels and movies.

It’s the pour-yourself-out-for-the-other-to-death-kind-of-love that we see in Jesus.

It’s the Love that animates all life.

It’s a Love that is the very air we breathe.

I’m sure if you are open to receiving the peace beyond understanding (Philippians 4:7) that this Love can bring, you can experience it in the depths of despair.

I have.

But through Jesus’ example we see that we are called to more than simply “thoughts and prayers.”

Not that I don’t believe thoughts and prayers can help, because I do believe there is something mystically healing about that.

But Jesus calls us to non-violent action.

We’re not just called to be people of peace but to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).

We’re called to reach out to those who are suffering.

“Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

When our hearts are moved, it is Love moving them, urging them to spark action.

Sadly, it seems it takes hardships to make compassion come to life.

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Listen to the song of the day “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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