Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013
in Education, Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
The other night my wife, my daughter and I watched the movie “The Help.” As the movie ended the tears continued. My heart was breaking for men, women and children entrenched in overt and covert human trafficking.
I remembered why I pray: Because I am desperate for a power greater than my own to do that which I cannot.
Josh Groban’s song The Prayer is one such prayer. He begins: 1
I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your Grace
To a place where we’ll be safe
As he sings he expresses hope that God would help him to see life more clearly and make good choices, especially when they didn’t know what to do.
That’s what I want. That’s how I feel.
Another person prayed, “LORD, see my anguish! My heart is broken and my soul despairs…” 1
He was desperate. God knew he was desperate. God cares, but God doesn’t magically make painful situations better simply because we ask, but God does want us to ask. Why?
God does see.
God does hear.
God does know.
God does care.
God does listen.
God does heal.
God does act.
God does love.
As much as I wish God did things my way — when I want it, the way I want it — God doesn’t.
Back To Anti-Human Trafficking
I don’t feel hopeless when I think about human trafficking, but I do feel outraged.
When i think about the racism, injustice, marginalization and abuse the women in the movie “The Help” experienced it broke my heart. Worse yet, some of the people justified their choices as if God has sanctioned their attitudes and actions.
As the movie concluded my daughter prayed: “Lord, thank you for sending Jesus … slavery is so messed up, and it’s still everywhere today. Let us be sent out to proclaim His victory in every corner of this earth!”
That’s my not so silentscream!
If your heart is moved to know more about the travesty of human trafficking, here’s a list of some organizations doing genuinely life-saving, life-transforming work.
Here in North America: Mattoo, Breaking Free, and MAST.
Internationally: Abolition International, End It, International Justice Mission, Free The Slaves, Not For Sale, and the Red Thread Movement.
I don’t work for any of them, but our family has donated to at least four of the nine.
“Pray and put your money where your heart aches” is mysilentscream.
1 – Here are links to two beautiful renditions of The Prayer Josh Groban with Charlotte Church and with Celine Dion.
2 – Jeremiah prayed that as his city was under attack recorded in a poem called Lamentations