there has to be more to life than this.

there has to be more to being a christian than this.

God, i’m overwhelmed. overwhelmed and angry. i’m overwhelmed by the poverty in this world. not just economic poverty but spiritual poverty, emotional poverty, social poverty. i know You are sovereign, but i don’t understand why You don’t just say, “stop” because it will. You created this world with just Your words, and You can take it away. doesn’t it make you angry that there are pimps selling pre-teens girls for sex? that educators don’t care whether their students learn or not? that the poor are taken advantage of? that society and government has made it more difficult to get help just because they are afraid of “big brother”?

my head is swimming, right now, God. i just want to cry; i’m overwhelmed, angry, and conflicted. what do You want me to do now?

Father, lead us.

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done,
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Amen

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