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Friday, February 21, 2014

Pray for Families (Compassion, Love, Generosity)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

I have a coworker who LOVES dogs.  So much so that she will drive through low-income neighborhoods to pick up stray dogs, and if it appears that they don’t have an owner or have been abandoned, she will take them to a shelter in a high-income neighborhood.   “Why?” I asked?  “Because,” she responded,  “ ’shelters’ in low income neighborhoods will exterminate the dogs while high income neighborhood shelters will find them homes.

While being stuck by her compassion and love for dogs, I was also struck by the similarities this story shares with the plight of unwanted, unborn babies.   Abortion mills are placed in low-income neighborhoods capitalizing on the indigent, oppressed, and needy.  They don’t offer adoption options, nor support services for raising babies, nor do they refer to such agencies.

As Christians, it begs the question, what are we doing to support the indigent, the vulnerable, or the needy?  Are we donating our time, talents, or treasure?  Are we speaking up for those who can’t speak up for themselves?  Are we directly or indirectly supporting shelter or (ex)termination?

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17

Lord, we are all your treasured children, your beloved family.  Help our hearts to grow in compassion, love, and generosity.  May we joyfully respond to your call to truly live as brothers and sisters in Christ, one family united in love, always seeking the best interests of the other.  In praise and thanksgiving, let us be your hands, your feet, and your voice in this world.  Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

May your actions magnify your faith.   Pass it on!