Saturday, March 03, 2007

Fasting After Tragedy

A few days ago, my wife mentioned a tragic news story to me. Five young people, driving in the snow, crashed in a pond. All five of them died. I did what I imagine most people did upon hearing the story. I paused for a brief moment of sadness, asked a few questions, and then pushed it out of my mind.

A day later, I got an email from my mother, telling me that three of the kids were grandchildren of a friend of mine. Of course, the victims of this tragedy were all still strangers to me, but it all meant more to me all of the sudden.

The monthly fast is a good opportunity for me to focus my spiritual efforts. Tonight I'll be praying especially for the families that are hurting today. I know there are a lot more people hurting than I know or know about. God in His mercy doesn't burden us with too much knowledge. I've been blessed beyond measure and am so grateful for Jesus Christ.


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