Day 8: INM Lent Devotional

3/8/2017

“Jesus, knowing what they were thinking, took a child and stood him by his side. ‘Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever received me receives the One who sent me.’” Luke 9:47-48
 
Malaria is the silent emergency that kills one child every two minutes, more than 800 children daily. Hundreds of thousands die from malaria each year, most of them children under the age of five.
 
No more.
 
That’s the goal. No more malaria.
 
 But the goal still eludes us. Even though treatment is available, still too many are infected, affected and too many die.
 
It is just and right to pursue and put down malaria.
 
 “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – African proverb
 
 Take this very same thought, add the will to deal with a disease like malaria, and just one “turned on” person can begin to make a difference.
 
Let’s get the word out, and let people know our call in this moment of history includes bringing justice to the curse of malaria.
 
“No more let sin and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground, he comes to make his blessing flow far as the curse is found.” – Isaac Watts, “Joy to the World”
 
Found, and treatable — then and now.
 
Let’s learn more, share what we find and lift the banner of our ultimate hope:
 
No more malaria.
 
-The Rev. Keith Tonkel has served as pastor of Wells Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson since 1969. He has also brought the Sunday school lesson for The Hour, our Mississippi Methodist TV show, for the past 30 years.