Mid-Week Ministry Updates from Pastor Todd Malone
Psalm 58 cries for justice in an unjust world. It reassures that God’s justice will come. It calls us to be a part of God’s work to bring justice. But am I aware enough of the injustice around me to be a participant? Am I aware enough to pray for the victims of injustice and to offer support where I can? I need to keep asking the Lord to open my eyes and soften my heart.
How to pray for FBC and our Community
On Sunday I became aware of a horrible situation that affects Longview and FBC. Sandy Smith was a 51-year old woman who was murdered in Longview last week. She was the niece of FBCers Rod and Gwen Seivley. The Seivleys and I prayed and cried together after Sunday’s service. They are living Psalm 58. The accused murderer is in custody, that’s a step in the right direction. Please pray for the Seivley family as they grieve. Pray also that God’s justice will prevail in this situation. As I mentioned on Sunday, we cannot separate Grace from Justice. They go together. So let’s also pray for God’s grace on all involved.
How to pray for our World
Psalm 58 ends by anticipating the ultimate revelation of God’s justice, when “mankind will say, ‘surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.'” One of our responsibilities as Christians is to give the world a picture of the future when God’s justice governs creation. We have missionaries all over the world who do this every day. Pick one missionary and pray that they will reflect God’s justice in their ministry this week.