I’m joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. All of us writing on that same word.
Today the word prompt is … Relief.
In reading the prompt, I cannot help but think of each of the faces splayed out before me on my desk. Coincidence? Somehow I think not.
For if ever there were a group of women, of mamas, who needed relief recently, it was this group of courageous women.
In the last few weeks, they have faced being hospitalized with typhoid and malaria, both them and their young ones. They have faced attacks on themselves, having the little which they possess stolen from them.
Yet they trusted in God, knowing there were others joining them in prayer, asking God to bring relief to them.
And God was faithful. He brought relief in the form of:
- funds to provide mosquito nets while they slept. These will protect against mosquito bites, the most common cause of malaria.
- funds to provide tablets to purify their drinking water. This simple measure will protect them from typhoid.
- funds to provide permanent room, offering them a safer environment for themselves and their children.
Relief. It can come to us in varied ways and means. But our God is faithful and surely is the One to bring the relief we most need.
“O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.“Â (Psalm 143:1, NIV)