Monday, February 10, 2014

Social Media and Prayers

I don't watch the news much anymore because if it's not because I don't have time with two kids, it's because I find it a depressing reminder of how dark and scary the world can be out there outside my little bubble I live in with my family.

 But now there's social media in which we "like" pages asking for our support and prayers. We are reminder again the world is a frightening place and nothing is guaranteed in this life. I find myself following the stories of several parents and their battles to save their children from devasting illnesses or injuries or the stories of parents as they move on after the passing of their child. I look for their updates, hoping for positive news, go to bed praying for them at night, and toss and turn for the umimaginable devastation they must be going through.

 These are every day people, like you and me, who through modern day communication has found their way into our hearts and minds. Their stories break our hearts. But this is also where I see the beautiful power of social media. I see people who care, who offer their prayers, their words of encouragement, and along with all of that a little piece of their heart. Thousands upon thousands of people "follow" these people's journeys even though they don't personally know them. When their battles get tough, thousands of people that they've never met but are awed by the strength they've shown through their journey are on their knees, praying for strength and comfort and whatever the request is.

As dark and scary as following their journeys and stories can be, there is light. Light in the hope that comes from the thousands that pray for them every day, light in the hope of how people come together and support each other in their most needed times, hope in the out pouring of so much love coming from strangers.

 I don't know whose stories and journeys you follow that have made their way into your heart, but one is especially heavy on my own heart tonight. If you're a praying person, please say a prayer tonight for peace and comfort for those parents and their children that are fighting battles that no child or their parent should ever have to face.

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  1. I agree, I cannot not bear to watch the news sometimes for the sadness outside our bubble. BUT ALSO because sometimes 7 AM/8 AM is too early for the violence and sexy stuff they show! Not being a prude at all (if you knew meIRL- you'd laugh) but I don't want my 3 YR old watching bra commercials or drunk/stoned politician stories or far worse....

  2. I don't really care to watch the new myself, though the hubby will turn it on sometimes.I prefer to focus on the positive parts of day to day life. Thank you so much for sharing on Meandering Monday! Have a great week!

  3. I do the same thing! I rarely watch the news - it is just so depressing and scary. I have to prepare my young son for the evil that lives out in the real world, and honestly it really scares me. Wishing you the best!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

  4. Yeah. I do not watch the news or allow my children to. My daughter and I were watching the olympics. It ended and the news came on. In a matter of minutes, we learned that a 6 year old girl was shot, there was a 19 car pile-up, a pregnant lady got hit by a tow truck, died - and the baby is fighting for life.

    Really? that was like in a minute and a half.

    People need positivity in their lives.