Forbes Magazine cites the United States as the seventh richest nation in the world for the year 2012. According to UNICEF, nearly a quarter of this nation’s children live in relative poverty. Where is the justice in these statistics? The prophets are calling out and their cries fall on apathetic ears.
If God were to deal with us as is fit, what should we expect? Will any amount of sacrifice or offering be sufficient? Perhaps if our sacrifice and offering were used to alleviate hunger and suffering for our children? What if a tithe of our talents were used to change the systems that perpetuate poverty and hunger?
O God, we hear your call. May all with ears to hear answer with a resounding, “Here we are! Use us!” Forgive our apathy. Convict our hearts to love deeply. Enkindle within our spirits a powerful passion to create change. May we who love children be a prophetic voice to those who need to hear. Amen.
Rev. Tracy Parker
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)