Hi everyone, Steph here. I just have a short thought I’d like to share with you today that prompted an entry in my faith journal. I hope you find it helpful to see what kinds of things might spark an entry like this in my journal, and how I go about translating my thoughts into something I can record on paper.

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I, like many others, have been thinking and praying about the current refugee crisis. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the images of little Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy whose body was found washed up on a beach in Turkey and who seems to have sparked an international debate about what needs to be done with regards to the crisis. I have come across some very extreme points of view in relation to this issue and I have thought long and hard about what my own position is on the matter.

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From reading God’s word, I truly do feel that we need to be helping people as much as we can, no matter the cost to ourselves. And because this has been on my heart so much, I knew I wanted to create an entry in my faith journal as another act of prayer into the situation. Because my knowledge of the bible is really not that good, I often have to resort to looking for verses on particular themes on the internet. For this entry, I searched for verses about helping others. When I came across these words in 1 John 3, I knew these are the words I was meant to use in my journal: “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart, how does God’s love abide in him?”

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I will be meditating upon this verse in the coming weeks and using it to inform some decisions about what I can do to offer practical help to the situation, I’m sure.

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