Updated: May 19
In recent weeks, India has reported some of the worst cases of covid in the world. More than 200,000 deaths have been recorded and the number of cases has surpassed 17.99 million.
The speed at which the second wave has moved across the nation has left the healthcare system struggling to cope with the rise in cases. A number of stories have emerged of families taking their loved ones to hospital and begging that they be seen by health professionals, with many of them being turned away.
So, if you are like me, and are not Indian by nationality, it may be hard to feel genuine heartbreak and burden for the situation in India, especially if you live in another country. I want to encourage you to look at this situation from the eyes of Jesus. Each one of the 1.4 billion Indian inhabitants are people whom Jesus loves, has compassion for and died on the cross for. Whether we meet them or not, does serve as deterrent for the fervent desire God has to redeem them and show them who He is.
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience”.
Colossians 3:12 NASB
Here we are encouraged to have a heart of compassion and mercy. The King James Version (KJV) describes the heart of compassion as having ‘bowels of mercy’. The term bowel is used as Ancient Greeks used to regard the bowels as the seat of emotion and passion. So, this is bowels/heart overflowing with compassion and love, a heart reflecting God’s love for Indians (in this case).
For each individual who is suffering and in pain over covid, Jesus’s heart is breaking for you. For each groan of sorrow, bitter tears and wails of anguish, Jesus is weeping too.
How can we respond?
By praying for the covid cases. Although this may seem like a no-brainer, it is easy to feel like you are not doing anything through prayer. But let me assure you that your prayers can reach places your money or your resources cannot. Your prayers can reach Heaven and move God into acting and bringing a miraculous breakthrough. Your prayers can provoke Jesus into walking through the hospital wards in Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka and healing as he passes. If you are a part of a fellowship, ask for prayers in your church to be held for India. There is power in corporate prayer meetings. Read Acts 12:1-18 to boost your faith.
You can donate to charities helping fight the latest variant:
3. Offer your support
Support your Indian friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours who may be facing the emotional and psychological strain of worrying about family and friends back home. Ask them about it, pray with them, stand with them.