Amsterdam is a beautiful place, but it's known for its open red-light district. Early one morning we visited the infamous Red-Light Square—choosing a time when we knew all would be quiet. The buildings are all windows (draped at this hour), facing the square. Sitting in the center of the square is a beautiful old church—boarded up and abandoned.
In the center of one of the saddest places—where lives are tortured and destroyed—the Church has an opportunity to shine and be a refuge, but nobody’s home. I know that the Church is not just a building, yet I can’t help but wonder and consider if we often miss our opportunity trying to get away from the dark places.
Praying with Fervor. As we drive around our cities and see churches (for many of us they are on every corner), let’s pray that those churches will be welcoming beacons of hope and safety in the darkest places on Earth. Let’s pray for God’s people to find ways to enter these communities as Christ’s representatives—as hope for those who are desperate and hurting.
Living Word. "I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark." John 12:46