Monday, September 22, 2014
But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands; the helpless commit themselves to you; you have been the helper of the orphan. Psalm 10:14 NRSV
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” Desmond Tutu
There are many things in this world that can cause hurt and pain in a child’s life! Each day too many children are told by adults and other children that they are less than their peers. These children hurt so deeply inside that they sometimes don’t even know how to express their pain.
God sees their pain; God knows the pain is caused by those who oppress them.
God is the great help to the helpless. God’s concern extends not only to the orphan, but to the bullied and the beat up.
God of the helpless, help us to see those children around us who are in pain. Use us to help those who are in need. Help us to bring your kingdom to earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Rev. Ann B. Shepherd
Director of Christian Growth
Timberlake Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Associate Regional Minister for Youth & Outdoor Ministry, Christian Church in Virginia