God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Peter replied, “Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68-69 (The Message)
Last night, millions of people in the United States watched the Monday Night Football game. What they witnessed was a horrific injury of Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin. As of this writing, Hamlin is in critical condition in a Cincinnati hospital, possibly fighting for his life. The tragedy was a shared experience, and whenever that happens, it galvanizes people.
Immediately, the teams gathered and prayed with one another. The crowd was hushed in shock and bewilderment about what they had just witnessed. Thousands in the stands certainly were praying also. It was touching, sad, and frightening all at the same time.
People turned to God in this moment of fear and uncertainty. Indeed, where else could they turn? I was reminded of Peter in responding to Jesus when Jesus asked the disciples if they wanted to leave him.
Where do we turn when we have nowhere else to turn? We turn to God. We recognize our helplessness, our dependence upon him for our very life. So, people began to pray, and they still are. They pray for Damar Hamlin and his family. We pray for a young man now who many of us simply did not know until last night. Yet now we pray for his life and his recovery. We are joined in our desire to have him restored. Prayer is a reminder of our position under God, and events such as last night are just a very public reminder of that.
So, we join in prayer, and that is good.
Prayer: Lord we do come to you for this young man, Damar Hamlin, and we submit him to your care, Amen