It’s easy to get wrapped up in the chaos of information overload when something tragic or difficult happens. News headlines and social media posts can leave us feeling overwhelmed or scared about what’s happening, and let’s be honest - we can feel powerless.
As Christians, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus and be the light in the darkness. How do we accomplish this in the midst of turmoil, or when we feel like what we contribute maybe isn’t enough?
There is great power in prayer, so take a few minutes to lift up those in need to the One who saves. Pray for strength, comfort, and peace of mind for those affected. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and pray for those who don’t know Jesus yet.
Pray for God’s hand of protection over those affected and those who are helping. Pray for God to guide the hands and hearts of those who are helping- that they will find perseverance in these times.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7
Ask God to reveal what your role is in this situation.
Talk to a trusted friend, family member, or mentor to process through what is happening. Be honest about what you’re feeling toward the situation, you’re likely not alone. Surround yourself with community when you’re feeling sad, lost, or hopeless.
Externalizing your fears and frustrations can help you process your feelings- whether that is through talking or journaling. Writing gives you the space to process, ask God hard questions, and gives you the opportunity to look back and see the evidence of how God has carried you. Here are 3 ways that journaling brings you closer to God.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Take care of yourself. Sometimes, the best thing for your state of mind is to step away from the screens. Take a walk or drive, and open your mind and heart to what God wants to say to you. Know that God believes you are enough.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. - Psalm 34:18
Take action. (Show grace, too.)
If you feel led to give financially to a trusted organization, do so.
Be a listening ear and a support to a fearful friend. Show up for others in any way you can. Be intentional with your conversations about the situation, don’t add to the chaos by carelessly sharing your opinions in-person or online.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. - Romans 12:2Now is the time for the Church to come together and choose to be a light in these times of uncertainty.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. - Matthew 5:14-16