The suffering represented by page after page of prayer request updates can be overwhelming. Add the suffering in our families, communities and around the world seen in the news...
Thankfully we have hope of a better world to come, and a responsibility to spread that hope.
But we're such a small church, and it's such a big world. How can we reach our own community, let alone Eastern Europe, the Middle East or Asia?
Two steps can help us cope with these feelings of being paralyzed by the enormity of it all:
1. Do what you can. Don't let this list overwhelm you, but why not pick at least one item to start on this week (or come up with your own)?
• Send a card.
• Help with a Good Works or other fund-raiser.
• Get involved in member participation programs (check with your pastor or contact John LaBissoniere email@example.com).
• Volunteer to help at services.
• Be hospitable—invite someone over for tea, snacks and conversation, or a whole dinner if you can.
• Speak often one with another, encouraging and supporting our spiritual family.
• Write a short article for "Treasure Digest," trying to solve the world's problems in 400 words or less.
You can't do it all, but adding another candle beats cursing (or being overwhelmed by) the darkness.
2. Cast your cares on God (1 Peter 5:6-7 1 Peter 5:6-7  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
 Casting all your care on him; for he cares for you.
American King James Version×). This includes sighing and crying out to Him about the troubles you see (Ezekiel 9:4 Ezekiel 9:4And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through the middle of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the middle thereof.
American King James Version×) and urgently praying for Christ's return (Revelation 22:20 Revelation 22:20He which testifies these things said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
American King James Version×). Christ promises rest for the weary who come to Him (Matthew 11:28-30 Matthew 11:28-30  Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
American King James Version×). Remember, God is "able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20 Ephesians 3:20Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
American King James Version×)—a sure cure for overwhelming cares.