What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
I have written in this space in the past that “good behavior beats bad thinking”. It is one of my mantras because it really does make sense- at least to me. What I mean about that mantra for today’s blog is the elephant that has been sitting in our national living room for over a month now. The evil Russian invasion of Ukraine stares at us from across the globe. We feel helpless, angry, stunned- well, you can fill in your own blanks here. Those are just some of my feelings.
Today, our church took up a special offering to go directly to help the suffering people in Ukraine. I am so glad that we did this. You see, praying for the Ukrainian people is right, proper and appropriate- but it is also not enough.
By digging deep into my pocket, I felt like there was something I could actually DO. By taking action, I did not feel quite as helpless. There was a tangible way to provide help, care and support to these suffering people. Yes, we find numerous ways to help others, and that again is simply the right thing to do. But in this case, by taking an action, I could focus my thinking away from anger toward Vladimir Putin and his lengthy list of war crimes and atrocities. I could make an action toward help rather than decrying evil. You know the old adage- “It is better to light a candle than to curse the dark”. Yes, that old adage is eternally true.
So, my dear readers, continue to pray for Ukraine, but see if you can put some feet to those prayers and get involved in a project or program that gets resources to the Ukrainian people. I think you will feel a little better then too.
Prayer: Lord, we plead for your mercy grace for the suffering people of Ukraine, Amen.