Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:16-17 NRSV
God’s message to us through the prophet Isaiah could not be more to the point:
- Stop doing what is wrong.
- Learn to do what is right.
- Work for justice.
- Help and defend those who cannot stand up for themselves, specifically children and widows.
In today’s world the real problem is figuring out how and where to start. The answer is easy and hard at the same time.
We begin with prayer, by caring for those children right where we are, and with more prayer. We lead by example, showing others how to cherish and protect the children of our communities.
We support and encourage those who can do things on a larger scale. We respond to God’s call by taking one step forward and then another, taking care of the children, and learning to do what is right.
God of All Children, you have called us to care for the children of this world. Prod us, provoke us, guide us onto the paths that will make this a world where they are cherished and protected. Amen.
Donna J. Hanby
Pilgrim South United Church of Christ
Springboro United Church of Christ