… a check for $10,986.50 went in the mail for Barnabas Fund’s church building program: money raised from the 1815 N Quincy Street Auction on May 18 (yes – final checks took a while to come in).
And The news was full of accounts of over 40 churches burned last week by arsonists; Christian schools, orphanages, bookshops and monasteries were also targeted across Egypt. Nuns were paraded in the streets after their Franciscan school was burned. Over a thousand families morned the loss of loved ones in last week’s violence.
We watched as the final demolition occurred of the basement of our old building at 1815 N Quincy St.
… our world is broken, but we remain full of hope.
Jesus says: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”(Matthew 6:33-34, ESV)
There is much we can be anxious about, but today let’s cry out to him for peace, mercy and justice, for more of the now of the Kingdom of God. Ask him for solace for those who mourn, for justice for those who seek to build churches. Thank him that in his sovereign timing we could be reminded that there is a real need for us to stand alongside our brothers and sisters far away who are being so aggressively targeted because they are known as Christ-followers. Thank him that we have money to give as well as prayers to offer, pray that it will be used to most effect where it is most needed.
… let us continually thank Him that He will come again, and we will see the completeness of the Kingdom of God.
Liz GrayPosted by Liz Gray on Aug, 20 2013 | 0 comments