Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Guest post by Megan

Hi The Life of Faith readers!
My name is Megan and I blog over at Just a Small Town Girl. That's what I am- a small town girl from Alabama who now lives in the big city in North Carolina.  I blog about my life and the things I think, do, and create along the way. I hope you'll visit me. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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As I am writing this guest post, the main topic of conversation wherever you go is the tragedy in Connecticut. So, naturally, that is what's on my mind. This morning as I sat in church, my pastor said a few words and had a time of prayer for the people involved. A thought occurred to me while he was speaking and that's what I want to share with you today. 

Before I go any further, I know this is going to seem like a depressing subject especially amongst such a joyous time for Faith and her family. However, it's something that I feel led to share so I'm going to share it. 

Children die every day.

Why are we not outraged and saddened by these deaths? Why do we not dedicate time on our blogs to these children? Why do we not donate our money to help these families? 

A lot of these deaths are even preventable. 

Let me stop again to say that I am not trying to say that what happened in Connecticut does not deserve your emotions, time, and donations. What happened there is a very sad, tragic event. It was a senseless act of murder. My prayers go out to all the families involved. 

I also understand that this event is right in front of us. It's all over the media and it's on everyone's mind. It was a large number of people. It happened in our own country and in a place where you should be able to go and feel safe. 

Despite all this, I can't help but wonder why we aren't more concerned with the countless children who die every day. As my pastor spoke and prayed for the families in Connecticut, tears welled in my eyes thinking of the millions of children who die all over the world. Human life is precious. All human life should be valued. 

Every day children are murdered through a procedure known as abortion.

About 6 million children die from hunger related causes each year. 
About 9 million children die from preventable diseases each year.
Countless children are murdered in war torn countries-some at the hands of the United States. 
Children are the innocent victims in many crime ridden areas. 

Other children face an equally terrible fate as they are forced into modern day slavery. About 200,000 American children have been forced into the commercial sex trade. 27 million people are currently enslaved with about half of those people being children. Many of these children will end up dead as well.

These facts can seem overwhelming. Maybe the reason we don't think about it is because it can seem impossible to fix. We adopt the philosophy of "out of sight, out of mind."

One of my favorite passages of scripture is 1 John 3:16-18 NIV which says "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."
A few years ago, verse 17 really jumped out at me-
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
We cannot just sit by and let more children die.
While it's great to help out the community of Newtown, Connecticut, there are people that we can be involved with helping all year long. There are many ways to help. If you're a blogger, the number one thing you can do is use your voice to raise awareness for worthy causes. Next, you can look for ways to get involved with your own personal time and money. One person cannot solve the world's problems by themselves, but each person can make a difference. 
Here are some websites that I know of that can get you started:

In closing, I wanted to share with you some other posts I've written on a similar topic if you're interested:

Thank you for reading my heavy thoughts today. My heart truly breaks for the suffering that is experienced all over our world on a daily basis. Yet amongst the pain, let's not forget what we have to be thankful for. If you have been blessed with a special talent, skill, or material possessions, I encourage you to find a way to use it to help others  

2 comments:

  1. First off, so glad to see you guest posting, Megan! Second thanks for sharing this. I read the sentence, "Children die every day" and was just floored. It is so true. Whether it's a very public act of violence, or a private act of domestic violence, or a disease that is curable or incurable - there are so many children that die each day. Thank you for keeping things in perspective. While I obviously feel for the tragedy of this particular situation, it is not fair to be naive and closed-minded to other tragedies that happen every day.

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  2. I totally agree with all of this! It is so sad how many unborn die every day. I’m a new follower of your blog from the Monday Mingle Blog Hop! Would love if you could stop by mine. Thanks

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