On Thursday morning I hit a bit of a low point. It happens from time to time and it rarely lasts longer than half an hour but every now and again I feel a little overwhelmed by the world. The world we live in is so different to the world of 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago. We live our lives these days bombarded by information, more than ever before and when it comes to the pain in the world we have never been more informed. Sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming. I am not sure we have the ability to process the amounts of news that we are engaging with.
This past week has been one of those weeks where the news, social media and every conversation was dominated by the horrors of the refugee crisis. That one harrowing picture of young Aylan Kurdi will be etched in our minds for many many years. It has all felt a little too much to cope with at times.
Following Jesus has always involved connection with the poor and vulnerable. For centuries Christian's have lived lives of charity and sacrifice in the face of great pain and anguish. The response from Christians to this crisis, as with the other horrors of the world has been humbling to see. Hearing from Home for Good that over 8000 families have offered their homes for unaccompanied refugee children is a statistic that goes some way to restoring my faith in humanity. Millions of pounds, endless tons of goods and hundreds of man hours have been offered by all sorts of people of all faiths and none the length and breadth of this country. It is rare to see so many galvanised towards compassion.
This has reminded me of a verse in the Psalms that has always been important to me when I feel surrounded by what is wrong in the world. It is Psalm 27:13 - I am confident of this: that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I have chosen to make this a central truth in my life. I can be confident that even in the face of water shortages in Asia, increased poverty and destitution in Britain, millions of Syrian refugees or and AIDS epidemic in sub Saharan Africa that I will still see the goodness of God in the world.
More and more I am convinced that the best place to look for the goodness of the Lord is in the actions of His people. Those who follow Jesus go into the world everyday to do the things that Jesus did. They go into the world to heal the sick, bind up the broken, comfort the mourning, feed the poor and shout loud for the voiceless. If we truly want to see the goodness of God in our lives, in this time, in this place then we are to be the bringers of that goodness. We are agents of His goodness scattered widely across the planet with so much to give to the restoration of a world that is tearing itself apart.
So may we be people who do good and point to the one from whom all goodness comes. May we love those around us with the same love which we have received from our Father.
May we show the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.