In the Middle of Advent and the Preparations for a Joyful Christmas, We Mourn, We Cry, We Pray

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“A voice is heard in Connecticut, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan,
in Colombia, in the DRC, in the Philippines… lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted…”

The World Evangelical Alliance joins its voice of lament with the families of the children and school employees in Newtown, the families of the 10 girls in Afghanistan, the 6 polio vaccination workers in Pakistan, those dying in refugee camps in the DRC and Kenya, and the families of over 1000 dead in the Philippines. One death is one too many.

With the psalmist we say, “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer” (Ps. 61:1). We offer our prayers for grace, peace and comfort that only God’s Spirit can provide. We offer our silence and our tears for so many suffering in so many parts of this world.

In Advent we remember that God sent his Son to join with our lamentation in the most powerful way possible, and so ultimately to overcome death. It is this hope that sustains us and reminds that even when we are no longer able to stand, God gives us others to carry us.


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Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving and representing more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to speak as a trusted voice, to equip members and leaders for global impact and to connect its members and others for common action in the furtherance of God’s reign. For more info e-mail at [email protected] or go to