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Kayla Craig is the author of “To Light Their Way: A Collection of Prayers & Liturgies for Parents.” A former journalist, she’s adamant about paying attention and staying curious. Kayla explores what it looks like to see God in all things in her work as a writer and podcaster.

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  1. Your words completely express the heaviness of my own heart!!! How is it that I can sit comfortably on my couch this AM with a cup of hot coffee in the beautiful silence of the morning and yet know people are living in agony. I pray all the time that the Lord’s peace and His presence will be real and felt and seen for the world to see in the horror. Thank you for putting beautiful words to the guilt I feel.

    • It is so difficult to process violence and injustice from my place of privilege. Shar, praying that you will feel God’s peace even now. Thank you for reading along and keeping your heart tender!

  2. Thank you Kayla. Thank you for these beautiful words as a reminder as I too look at the water in my dogs bowl, feel the chill in the air, see the glimpse of the sunrise, hear the news my husband is watching as I write. l look around my “safe” home. The same home I’ve probably complained about that’s not enough or too far away from church. Thank you for the reminder there is a place out there that is not safe. Is not standing. Has no water. Cries of loss and pain….
    “To be awake to our seemingly ordinary lives – to the leaves that shimmer in the golden light – is also to be tender to the cries of our warring world, the one God so loved.”
    Prayers. Prayers. Prayers \0/

  3. Wow! Your words touch my heart because I, a grandmother, with healthy, happy grandchildren ache for those across the world suffering so horribly! You have described exactly what I am feeling because we have so much! We live a safe and wholesome life and to see the suffering in the world brings me to tears every day! I continue to pray for all of us – mostly for the innocent people that are suffering in ways I can’t imagine… I also pray for hope- for all of us! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, so eloquently written, capturing what the sorrow so many of us are feeling for our brothers and sisters across the world…

  4. thank you for your beautifully written post and for speaking of the innocent casualties that go unnoticed by so many.

    i pray for all the victims who have no choice in what is happening to them, their families, homes and communities.

  5. I found this writing timely and healing. Thank you for writing it, Kayla, and (in)courage for posting it. It beautifully put words to what so many of us are feeling ~

    • Thank you, Melody. That means a lot to hear. I’m so grateful for being able to share here and encouraged to know there are others who care, too.

  6. We don’t know what the other side of world is going through. What pain they are in with loos of a love on Child or Adult. Should it be in sickness or war. No matter what way it happens it not nice. We that are saved have to pray for the one’s that have lost loved ones no matter what way they have lost them. Pray they know Jesus as their Saviour like us that are saved. As you can be here today and gone tomorrow. We live in a world full of loos no matter what why it happens it is not nice. Families are left in saddness because they left never to see their love ones again. Man can get he doesn’t care what pain he causes on people young and old. Man gets he will some fight to get what they want and he don’t care the pain he causes either. All this said. Look at what our Saviour Jesus did on Calvary Cross for us. All because he loved us and wanted us to have loving living relationship with him. That is loving and caring for people and kids of all walks of life no matter what skin colour or race. Not show any volince just the love of Jesus and living as he lived when he walked on earth. Letting people kids of all ages know that they are beautiful and special in the eyes of Jesus. That is why he went to die on Calvary’s Cross for them and the Whole World so as their sin could be forgiven and they have asked him to be their Heavenly Father and live for him. Love today’s reading. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh N.Ireland keeping you all in prayer. Xx

  7. Love your tender mama heart and how well you express your thoughts and feelings. You give voice to what I feel and can’t even come close to expressing myself. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Kayla,

    We here in USA are so blessed. Oh we complain about a lot of things-myself included. When I feel this way I make a gratitude journal & turn my eyes to Jesus. Then I look around & see the many needs out there. Mostly I simply pray about the situations. Those in my area I fix anyway I can. Each Friday from 5-7pm I’m at Loaves & Fishes Food Bank doing whatever needs to be done. You may see me cutting up food, putting meals together, doing dishes, putting food boxes together, throwing extra items into food boxes, etc. Each Christmas for the past few years I have done the “Be a Santa to a Senior”. Picking out a name or two & shopping for their needs. Just my way of giving back for ALL Jesus has done for me.

    Blessings 🙂