Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Praying for Celebrities?

This morning I was informed of some sad news. The actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment, potentially from suicide. It’s not that I know Heath personally or am even some extreme fan of his, it’s the incident itself that strikes me as plain sad.

Day after day the gossip columns of magazines, blogs, television and so forth are filled the latest drama going on in the lives of celebrities. People (especially women) thrive on knowing the latest. “What has Britney Spears done with her children now? Did you know Lindsey Lohan was arrested again? What’s the scoop with Brad Pitt and Angelina?” For a while now, I’ve simply tried to ignore it all. But what good am I doing there? When was the last time I prayed for any of these celebrities? Seriously. Even by name. These celebrities are people. Individual sinners like you and I. Just like the rest of us, they have one overarching need in their lives and that’s Jesus Christ.

Maybe instead of keeping up with the latest celebrity drama and gossiping about it with our girlfriends, we can stop and pray. Pray for their salvation. Pray that they may be shown how “having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” - Eph 1:18-23 (ESV)

May God be with the family and friends of Heath Ledger during this difficult time.

In Christ,
Terra Santos

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