Saturday, December 10, 2011

25 Days of Christmas–Day Ten

Yesterday, a friend shared this photo on her *Facebook page…there are no words needed!

I am constantly reminded of this photo when our children talk about the countries they came from and how they had nothing.    When I say nothing I mean N O T H I N G!   The children of Guatemala right now are starving.   Yes, literally starving to death.   When adoptions closed there 1,000 of babies died within months of having no one to care for them.    This isn’t anything you and I don’t know.   But let’s face it – most pretend in their minds it is not really happening so they can continue on with living like everyone else in America…getting more stuff.  

This photo should offend you.   The thought that our country spends over 400 million dollars during this season is sickening – when the world around us and children in our own country are begging for food this very moment.    No child or human should live without clean water.   No child or human should be treated with such little respect.   

This doesn’t mean you have to stop getting things for your family and doing things for yourself.   It means that we have to keep ourselves in check and not allow our wants to rule our hearts – instead to serve God and be His hands and feet to a lost and dying world.   It means we have to keep our hearts soft to God and listen for His leading to reach out to His children – in our neighborhoods and around the world.  It means being willing to not have something so others can simple have.

We are called to care for the orphans and widows.   We are to be the voice for the voiceless.   We are to give God all the glory by pouring out His love, mercy and grace unto all He places in our lives.   We are to be doers of the word.   We are to judge not lest we be judged, and forgive as we have been so graciously forgiven!

Pray with me today and ask God, to speak clearly to your heart and show you all the ways He desires to use you to reach His children around the world.   Men, women and children are praying right now that someone will help them…let us answer their prayers.   Pray for God to connect you with the right organizations for your family to share His love and provide the needs for others.   Let us all become part of the solution and stop hoping someone else will take care of it!  

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