#PrayforParis: why we all need to be extra ordinary

By Craig Borlase | 18 November 2015

Peace for Paris - a blog by Stewardship

A handful of days have passed since last Friday’s attacks in Paris, and the search for answers continues. The authorities ask who, why and how, but for us there are different questions; what do we do about it all? Where should we devote our energies?


Perhaps we don’t have to look far for those answers.


Turn back to the night of the attacks and the morning that followed and remember how people reacted. Strangers held out their hands to lift others free from danger. People opened their doors so that others could get off the streets. Taxi drivers switched off their meters to ferry passengers back home, free of charge.


These acts of generosity from ordinary people were as spontaneous and unstoppable as the urge to run to safety. Reaching out in compassion is part of who we are. It’s in our God-shared DNA.


We were made to act, not stand passively by. Created in the image of God, when tragedy strikes, our generosity erupts. It’s an ordinary part of who are.


So what now? Where should we put our efforts?


Painting our Facebook profile blue, white and red isn’t enough. Nor is posting our desire to #PrayForParis. We were made for more than that. The world needs more than that.


We should pray, but let’s put far more energy into actually praying for Paris than we do telling people about it.


Like Bishop Angaelos suggests, let’s pray for the grieving and let’s pray for the perpetrators. Let’s pray for those caught up in the mass migration of people and those who have no option but to stay.


And let’s not forget to pray that we too might be bold enough to allow generosity to rise spontaneously whenever we encounter the need. Let’s ask God’s Spirit to show us how to be extra ordinary followers of Jesus.


Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise…. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:13-15


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