In 1992, the song "Everybody Hurts" was released by the band R.E.M. The song quickly became well-known the world over due to its straight-forward, emotional lyrics reminding people to hold on to life and not give up. Three years later, the lyrics of the song were used as part of a campaign to target teen suicide and help decrease the growing rates of suicide in the UK. As people heard the song, they were reminded that pain and hurt comes to us all, and we're not to give up, but we need support "to hold on".
While the song isn't a Christian song, it does highlight the importance of recognising the hurt and pain of others and the need to support others wherever we can. As a Christian, it forces me to ask the question: where are we as a church when people suffer? Where are we when someone feels burdened by the weight of pain or loss? Where am I in these situations?
Perhaps we've missed some opportunities to help and care for those in real need. But we have the time now to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community, inspiring others with the Jesus-story, the message of hope about a risen, soon coming Saviour.
In closing, let me share the following words of Jesus that should inspire and challenge us all to live lives of compassion and care for the hurting and be effective workers for Him:
"But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest"" (Matthew 9:36-38).
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We wish to thank...
This week we wish to give great thanks to our God for answered prayers. We especially thank Him for caring for, healing and strengthening little Kundi who has been in hospital over the weekend with gastroenteritis. He is doing a lot better and both brother Batsi and sister Charity are feeling grateful for God's leading here. Thank you also to everyone for your prayers and well wishes on behalf of the family.