REMEMBER August 2020
By Sylvia Blacksell
Ps 57:1 “Be merciful unto me O God, for my soul trusts in you. Yea in the shadow of your wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be passed by”
While we have been restricted in many areas, some are finding this season very difficult, with the loss of jobs, businesses closing and financial and other significant hardships of deep concern.
We have much to be thankful for.
We still have access to many things. The government’s help, health services, doctors, hospitals, nurses, etc.
We can still use our electronic devices, contacts, and communicate with each other by phone, e-mail, Face Time, and now Zoom, and to keep in touch with world news we have T.V. There is still plenty of food available and clean water (just turn on the tap!). We are able to take walks.
We thank God for all the above and for people moved with compassion who are helping others with vital and immediate needs, e.g. people in lockdown, people who are isolated and others.
As quoted by Voice of the Martyrs (July 2020): “In several restricted nations as authorities distributed essential resources Christians were excluded. This type of discrimination has deprived many of our brothers and sisters of basic human needs. Sadly, some have died of starvation because they have been turned away from food distribution centres.” If they are in prison there are no phones to call family or to ask anyone to pray for them, no e-mail, no outside communication, and no encouragement inside the prisons.
These are persecuted, despised, and deprived because they belong to Jesus, (our brothers and sisters!) and are not able to access the things we take for granted every day.
Please pray for God’s mercy and grace for these people and that He will provide for their needs through His church and other avenues.
Please continue to uphold our precious brothers and sisters in Christ as they have significant needs for their physical, mental, and emotional health as well.
That they may be assured of God’s love for them and their families and loved by other Christians.
It is reported that many persecuted ones are rejoicing and trusting God.
May they take their refuge under the shadow of His wings “Until these calamities be passed by.”