Whenever we pay attention to just the news and not God’s Word, it can get depressing, can’t it?! Headlines with doom-filled words like depression and recession and deflation are daunting.

But I recently got an e-mail from our senior vice president of international program, and he included this verse, which helped me take a long deep breath. (I hold my breath when I get stressed. Bad habit.)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) 

The peace of God. Exhale. 

Which transcends all understanding (even that of economic forecasters). Inhale.

Will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Exhale.

We are guarded, we are protected by God. We don’t know what will happen in this world or with this economy, but we do know that God has us in his hands. And as David Dahlin reminded us, we have the prayers of a million children surrounding us. All our church partners around the world and all Compassion-assisted children have been asked to pray. To pray for God’s peace, provision, security, direction and wisdom for us. Can you imagine? I’m humbled right down to my marrow.   

A colleague from Kenya, Barrack, shared this message recently:

Throughout the chaos of our economic situation, we should not worry because Compassion will be protected. Although Compassion is accustomed to helping the children, during this season it will be the prayers and the tears of the children that will protect Compassion

Wow. Talk about a cloud of witnesses surrounding us. I can think of no better prayer partner. With these little brothers and sisters, let us throw off everything that hinders us and, holding their small hands, run with perseverance, our eyes fixed on Jesus.   


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  1. Lindy
    Oct 21, 2008
    at 4:54 am

    Thank you so much, Amber, for that encouraging reminder!

  2. Oct 21, 2008
    at 6:39 am

    This is humbling! I am always humbled and blessed beyond words by the prayers of my sponsored children…they minister to us in ways we could never begin to imagine.

  3. Oct 21, 2008
    at 8:17 am

    I’ve come to the conclusion, along the way, that when I have a special prayer need, I want children to pray for me! And then I remind myself that we are *all* children, to our Father. And when I read a letter from one of my sponsored children, assuring me of her prayers for me and my family, I feel so small, so lacking in trust. Humbled, yes.

    Thanks for this reminder, Amber. And good timing!

  4. Brianne Mullins
    Oct 21, 2008
    at 9:54 am

    Amber, great post! This was so encouraging. I especially enjoying the breathing exercise – very much needed!

  5. Oct 21, 2008
    at 8:26 pm

    What marvelous encouraging words to read today!! I was reminded of the sweetness of a child praying as our two year old granddaughter prayed yesterday “Dear Jesus – Thanks for day!” Thank you for sharing – I am so encouraged!

  6. Oct 21, 2008
    at 9:03 pm

    Very, very well written! I’m currently trying to wean myself off of current events but having trouble. I don’t want to be “left behind” or “become ignorant.” I’m doing it slowly, a few less minutes a day.

  7. Oct 22, 2008
    at 7:14 am

    You have inspired me…I just canceled my newspaper subscription!

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