The people fleeing the violence in Iraq must be getting a sense of that same kind of isolation and abandonment. Although some humanitarian aid has been dropped to those fleeing to the mountains for safety, I can only imagine the fear and frustration being experienced by these displaced people. If they go down the mountainside they risk being executed. If they stay in the mountains they risk starvation and dehydration. Those aren't very appealing options.
The complex problems of the world can seem beyond repair. We may even ask ourselves, "What can I do? I am only one person." I certainly don't have answers to all of the crises confronting us; I don't even know a majority of the questions to be asked. I do know that we can get on our knees and pray. There are times when it seems trite to say, "I will pray for you." However, if we truly believe in the power of prayer, and the power of our God, it is never trite to fervently humble ourselves before God and make intercession for those in need. Do we trust in the love and mercy of God or not?