Praying for the world

I recently listened to three special representatives to the United Nations Secretary General talk at a seminar held at Harvard University. As they discussed how they handled the complex process of bringing peace, stability, and progress to the world's troublespots, my heart sank. I realized I knew barely anything about many of the regions or ruthless dictators they were discussing. Just keeping up with all that is going on in the world can easily be more than a full-time job, I realized — and yet being aware of the problems isn't enough. As a healer, my job is to pray to see the world as God sees it.

Considering the quandary of keeping up intellectually with what is going on in the world, as well as praying about it, I remembered a game I'd seen at an amusement park when our daughter was young. In the game, a player attempts to bop mechanical moles that rapidly poke their heads through holes and then quickly retreat. The game can be comical to watch but frustrating to play, as moles elude being bopped. It would appear that problems (like the mechanical moles) are popping up in the world faster than we can deal with them.

What was in the ark
March 10, 2003

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