Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 13, 2013

Power of Prayer

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— My heart has been heavy some this week over the matter of injustice.

Whether bullying at school, or bullying by someone stronger or more powerful, I know the good Lord looks out for the “least of these,” and the meek “shall inherit the earth.”

As I have reminded several friends just this week, each in different trials and situations, God is our vindicator. Just because we let something go, or choose not to react, doesn’t mean we are a victim.

The scriptures and devotionals I read state that we are to continue going about our work, doing it to please only God, and He will take care of our needs.

It can be a very hurtful feeling when you are wronged. When by no action of your own, you are maligned or harmed in some way. The Bible teaches we are not to spend time plotting or planning revenge, but are to ask for the blood of Jesus to heal our pain, and make us whole again.

My late friend Major Chuck Anderson was on my mind again this morning. I think of him often. No, I didn’t know him for a very long time. We didn’t spend large blocks of time in one another’s company.

But Chuck had a profound effect on my heart, just in the short time I knew him. He was hammered by adversity. Pummeled with pain. But despite those attacks by Satan on he and the members of his family, he continued doing God’s work. He had a heart for hurting people you don’t run across every day.

He knew our economy was getting bad, and was hurtling toward getting much worse. Those days are here now. Rather than indulge in waste and frivolity, he wanted the churches and social service agencies of this city to be proactive and prepared to help those who would pack the food pantry, the Salvation Army, Family Service, looking for help.  

Reports from those places in recent months have suggested there are families being helped who’ve never had to ask for assistance before. There are many more families out there who are just one illness, one broken car, one tragedy away from losing everything, because they live paycheck to paycheck. I believe the numbers of those families are increasing, not decreasing.

I’m praying for a return to Major Chuck’s way of thinking. I’m praying for an individual who possibly feels God calling him/her to speak up for “the least of these.” I’m praying for a soul who is courageous enough to stand up and speak out on injustice.

And until that day, I go about my work, knowing God is our vindicator.

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If you haven’t already, please make plans to attend the benefit softball tournament at Lake Halbert Park tomorrow for Crystal Shepherd.

Crystal is one of those dear people like Major Chuck who has devoted her life to helping those in need. Those who have been hit hard by life’s tragedies and have trouble getting back up.

Now she and her family have been hit by one of those, and I for one am going out to support her, support them, so she can get back to work putting her fingerprint on the efforts in this county to help the hurting.

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun editorial assistant and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Sundays. She may be reached via email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com