J. Gordon Duncan

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Mercy Amnesia

As a pastor, I take great joy seeing people respond with mercy when others are in need.  When people care enough to extend grace, there is almost no stopping what can be accomplished.  I’ve seen our small congregation at Sovereign King feed tons of people and meet the needs of everyone from the local women’s shelter to individuals we have met through the police.  Other churches in the area are also doing great things like Redeemer Church’s massive Christmas present effort and True North Church’s work at With Love from Jesus.

However, despite our best efforts to show mercy, there is a temptation that always creeps in after a period of time:  amnesia.  Immediately meeting people’s needs is a genuine heart response of those who have had their needs met by Jesus, but gradually forgetting that need is as equally likely.  Ask yourself:

  • How often do you think about the work still needed in the wake Katrina?
  • When was the last time you sent money for relief efforts for the floods in Iowa?

It is just human nature to eventually forget of these great needs once space and time creep in to our consciousnesses.

I pray that does not happen in light of the needs of the people of Haiti.  One way to fight off that amnesia is joining the Town of Garner for “Garner Citizens For Haiti” on February 5th.  Held at the Garner Historic Auditorium at 7:30pm, the Town hopes to gather, sing, pray, listen, and give to the ongoing work in Haiti.

As we creep closer to a month removed from the earthquakes, our minds may already be focusing on other things.  Let’s keep our prayers and efforts focused on loving and caring for the people of Haiti.

If you want more information about the event, go to www.garnercitizensforhaiti.com.

Related articles:

Why Garner Needs to Care for Haiti

Flyer for Garner Citizens For Haiti Event

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment