Today is a day for a story.
A story of home.
If you’ve followed along the past few weeks, you may have caught on to this little series that’s happening here at mercyINK, the Home Stories.
My desire for the Home Stories is to feature other women, other mamas, and where they physically dwell, but also the deeper issues of home, and what makes a house a home.
And today should be another story.
But I just can’t do it.
After I tuck each child into bed, safe, warm, comfortable, Adrian and I sit on our cushy couch and catch up on the happenings of the day.
After talk, I sit down to read through the day’s emails. The first I open and really read through, Michele-Lyn‘s. Beautiful. Powerful. She references Ann’s post, and I read through that, too. And they resonate deep down. Those thoughts about why some are blessed to be born into freedom, and some into war and bondage and poverty.
And then this, this is what I cannot escape:
Vernon Brewer, President of WorldHelp, wrote on July 12th:
“Over 17,000 Syrians have been brutally murdered, and most of the world is doing nothing about it.
How many people have to die before this crisis gets our attention? How many innocent children need to suffer before we choose to act?”
A home story?
There is no house for them.
No physical dwelling. No place to lay their heads.
And really, do they have home- a place to dwell with their family? A place where their “domestic affections are centered“?
There is no home and no family and no rest.
“The latest reports say that at least 1.5 million displaced Syrians are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Every day these numbers increase exponentially as the fighting continues and thousands of Syrians are fleeing for the borders—as many as 8,000 per day.” (Brewer, 2012)
I hesitate to link here, but I will, with a warning that this CNN video disturbs, wrecks, enrages, and horrifies.
I could not finish watching.
But those families? They can’t just turn off the TV. The horror of blood stained streets, that is their reality today. Right. Now.
Can I answer the questions of why?
Can I understand the tremendous mercy (or chance?) poured out on me to be born and live here, in this safe place, while across the world, hundreds of women huddle in what they call “the widows’ basement“, most after their husband’s were literally blown to pieces by bombs?
In the UK’s Sunday Times February 2012 article, the reporter writes,
On the lips of everyone was the question: “Why have we been abandoned by the world?”
Friends, if you are in Christ, you are not the world. You are of a heavenly Kingdom. How can you turn away?
We could spend our whole lives trying to answer why, but I don’t believe there will ever be an answer this side of heaven.
Friends, sisters, I know this is heavy. But don’t turn your heart off or turn your eyes away because you’re here and they’re there and what can you do about it anyway?
I leave you with this plea from WorldHelp, and ask that you go, right now, and give generously.
Choose to be the difference.
“Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3: 14-18)
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* * * Quick update: I totally get hesitation about giving to any ol’ agency. How do you know they are legit and the money is going where it’s supposed to go? My husband and I have been WorldHelp supporters for several years, now. They are well known for the Children of the World Choir, which tours the states to raise awareness and funds for children who have experienced civil war, poverty, famine, etc… We also sponsor a child through WorldHelp and have found them to be an outstanding Christian organization. Read more about: their financial commitment & their faith in Jesus.
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