Comfort each other and edify one another.Â 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Weâ€™re all human. So it makes sense that our hearts often hurt for people impacted by tragedies here and abroadâ€”tragedies that can leave us feeling helpless.
What can we do in response to the violence and destruction around us?
Prayer is the Christianâ€™s greatest weapon.-Billy Graham
As believers, we look up. We seek out God through prayerâ€”and trust in His sovereignty.
When you donâ€™t have any words, or when you feel like youâ€™re beating down Godâ€™s door with the same prayer day after day, ask Godâ€™s Holy Spirit to help you.Â The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit is an intercessor for us and cries out to God on our behalf.
Immerse Yourself in Godâ€™s Word
When you feel as if your very soul hurts from news reports of another shooting, evil act or disaster, how do you find comfort?
There is a place of refuge.
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in himÂ Proverbs 30:5
GuardÂ Your Heart
Grief can kill a person emotionally and physically. If not counteracted with Godâ€™s strength and power, our personal weakness may debilitate us. -Billy Graham
Do our minds ever erase graphic images such as horrifying footage from tragic events?
You may have experienced whatâ€™s called secondary trauma from viewing video clips and photos on TV and social media.Â Itâ€™s important to recognize how these lasting impressions can affect you, as they can be physically, emotionally and spiritually damaging.
Care for Others
Bear one anotherâ€™s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.Â -Galatians 6:2Â
Itâ€™s important to guard your heart, but you can also support others experiencing secondary traumaâ€”some whoÂ may be going through a personal crisis as well.
Here at FBC Umatilla we want to help you if you are hurting or in need.Â Each Wednesday and Saturday we provide many great ways to help those in need at our Crisis Center on Hwy 450.Â If you are in need, or know someone in our area that is in need please feel free to stop by.