I’ll be on Faith Radio tomorrow (TUESDAY from 4-5 central time) with Susie Larson. It’s a wonderful interactive show. So listen in…and you can even call in 877-933-2484. (If you call in, you have to PROMISE not to make me laugh!)
For today: Pam Davis is a dear friend of mine, part of Renewal Church, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Illinois), and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor for the Association of Play Therapy. (I’ll have to tell you about the sand-tray therapy session she led me through. MIND.BLOWN.)
She received her M.A. in Counseling Ministries from Wheaton College and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. Previously serving twenty-two years as a missionary in Thailand, Dr. Davis provides clinical consultation to missionary organizations and offers online supervision to counselors working in remote, overseas locations where counseling resources are not available. She has a keen interest in cross-cultural populations and has a first-hand understanding of the unique contribution that counselors and psychologists can make to missionary families. Dr. Davis directs the Missions Matters Lab, which focuses on research related to missionaries and other cross-cultural populations. When not working, she enjoys hiking, running, and experiencing almost anything new.
Last weekend, after the devastating global events, Pam led our church body in this prayer, and she gave me her blessing to share it with you:
Lord, we come to you knowing you are our refuge and strength. You are always present in times of trouble. Because of this, we know we don’t have to fear when the world is falling apart around us.
We pray especially this morning for our brothers and sisters in Beirut, Lebanon and Paris, France. Both of these cities have weathered devastating terrorists attacks this past week.
We pray for those in these cities who don’t know you yet. We ask, Lord, that in the midst of so much evil you would be glorified. We pray, Father, that you would teach us to be still and to know that you are God in the midst of so much evil.
We pray that you would help us to know as a church and as individuals what it means to exalt you in the midst of this. We acknowledge that we want to be good neighbors, but we are not sure how in this case. So, Lord, we ask for your wisdom to be poured out among us and into our hearts. We pray that your Spirit would overtake this place and this congregation—so that we would know what it means to be a good neighbor to the Lebanese people; that we would know what it means to be a good neighbor to those who live in France.
We pray that we would embrace the truth that we are called to be good neighbors to people of different nationalities, ethnicities, races, and religions. Lord, especially for those places where we feel terror and where we don’t want to be a good neighbor — that especially is where we need you. So help us, Lord. Come to us and teach us to be good neighbors.
Lord, help those who have been devastated. We pray for their families and for the children who have been left homeless and orphaned. For the women and men who have been left widowed. Protect them against the evil of human trafficking that occurs so quickly after devastation like this, as people come in disguise to “help,” but then steal children. Lord, would you send your Spirit today to protect men and women and children from this evil.
We thank you Lord that we can be still and know that you are God in the midst of a world falling apart around us.
In Jesus name, amen.