Pray for the Philippines

I’m sure you’re all aware now of the havoc wreaked by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. It seemed wrong to post about anything else today.

In Tacloban, children were ripped from their parents arms.

Aerial images show the force of the storm.

As many as 10,000 are feared dead, and tens of thousands are homeless. 

You can help. World Vision is responding to the need in the Philippines, as is the Red Cross. Click the links to find out how you can donate. Your prayers are also needed.

At times like this we wonder why a good God would allow such suffering. It’s a deep question with many facets, and I don’t claim to have the answer, although I’d love to discuss it here. But I’ll leave you with words from Billy Graham:

“I suspect almost everyone reading this has asked themselves the same question, because evil is real, and at times our world seems completely in its grip. And to be honest, we don’t always know why God allows evil things to happen. The Bible talks about “the mystery of iniquity” — and that’s what evil often is: a mystery (2 Thessalonians 2:7, KJV).

But the Bible tells us two important truths about evil that we need to remember. First, evil doesn’t come from God; He didn’t create it, and He doesn’t cause it. Evil comes instead from the Evil One — Satan — who is absolutely opposed to God and His goodness. 

Second, the Bible assures us that God has already done something about evil! He sent His only Son into the world to defeat it — and He did. When Jesus died on the cross and then rose again from the dead, He confronted the powers of death and evil and Hell — and He defeated them. Some day the final battle will be fought, and He will come again to destroy all evil.

Don’t put your hope only in this world’s solutions; they’ll always disappoint you. Instead, put your hope in Jesus Christ, for He is with us, and one day His victory over evil will be complete.”



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