For March, Sr Doris Horn (Germany and former DIAKONIA President) has written this short encouraging reflection.
DIAKONIA Prayer Letter March 2020
I just found this meaningful sentence about prayer:
Prayer does not replace action. But it is an action, that can not be replaced by any other. (H. v. Keler)
While I am preparing this prayer letter, so many bad news are filling the news on the TV – a massacre in a Shisha-Bar in Hanau, Germany, escalating fights in Syria, grasshopper plague in Kenia, riots in Iraq during election, danger of a pandemic through Corona virus….
Fear fills my heart as I watch and listen to so much hatred, racism, disaster.
We just started Lent season, fasting time for many Christians all over the world.
The German churches each year prepare a theme: ‘Seven weeks without…’
2020: ‘seven weeks’ confidence – ‘without’ pessimism.
Not being pessimistic in view of all that I mentioned before; is that possible?
It is, as Paul points out in his letter to the Corinthians that in Jesus` suffering, death and resurrection there is faith, hope, love – everlasting life!
What we, what the world needs is this kind of confidence that grows out of faith, hope and love. Pessimism is a sure problem and never leads to a solution. It only leads deeper into frustration, hopelessness, depression. During my visits to Rwanda I experienced how this principle of confidence, faith, hope and love changes and renews a nation.
Look up, have confidence, trust and know that in Christ Jesus all things are possible!
Be confident and strong.
May this Lent season fill us with confidence and trust.
A song about confidence and trust (M. Ledner)
You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You
Let the weak say I am strong
In the strength of the Lord
Sr. Doris Horn, Germany, former DIAKONIA President