I usually find myself writing about motherhood and family life, but this was weighing heavy on my heart and felt the need to put it into words this afternoon. So going a little outside my wheelhouse.
As I hustle preparing everyone’s breakfast and getting kids dressed trying to make it out the door on time for swimming lessons, my mind is clouded with thoughts of the Afghan people. Here in the comfort of my own home, not questioning my security, going about the day to day tasks in raising a family. Out of sight, out of mind I just continue per usual with my day. The thing is what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan cannot be out of sight. It must be at the forefront of our minds, because now is a time that our prayers are urgently needed.
Perhaps, the biggest worry is whether all of the school supplies are bought or if my children will need to wear a mask this school year. While Afghan men and women rush to the runways making an attempt to flee the country. Some going as far as clinging onto the planes in a mere attempt to escape, tragically falling to their death. Women are staying indoors out of fear of the Taliban. The Christians and Catholics who are still in the country now placed in grave danger, even receiving letters from the Taliban saying they are coming for them.
Before I went to bed last night I saw a friend send out a message asking for prayers for a Convent in Afghanistan that sent out a SOS for prayers. Another friend asking for prayers for her brother in-law who works for the U.S. Embassy and at the time was still in Afghanistan.
Our brothers and sisters are in a great moment of distress, faced with persecution and brutality. Wondering if they will live. Wondering if their children will be protected or if they will see tomorrow. People fearing for their lives, in ways most of us cannot imagine.
I sit here and wonder, what can I do? The answer seems simple, yet the effects are beyond our human comprehension. PRAY. We don’t always see the fruit of our prayers, but with confidence we know God hears them. We can help alleviate the situation by entrusting the Afghan people to the Most Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. Never growing weary, but full of hope in God’s faithfulness, who alone can bring everlasting peace.