Caring about others

“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:18-19.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Deuteronomy 10-12 and Mark 16.

We tend to live our lives among those who are like us.

Many of us are affluent, by the world’s standards.  We have running water.  We have food.  We have medical care.  We’re well taken care of.

Many in the world aren’t in that condition.  Many in the US.  Many in our state.  Many in our immediate area.  Are we even aware of them?

I think of the story of the Good Samaritan and must see myself as one of those who crossed to the other side.  My head is not into the needy in my midst…….and today’s verses tell me what I should do and why I should do it.

All that I have is a gift from God.  He has given me plenty.  I have more than I need.  Since I have been given much, I must give much to those who have less.

I need to investigate where I can help the less fortunate and take direct action from that investigation.

“Lord, this is direct-hit stuff for me.  Self-absorbed and blind to those in need around me.  Forgive me, Father.  I have nothing that You haven’t given me.  Help me to share responsibly.  Guide my steps, I beg.  You are my God.  I love You, Father.”

Do you have a clue about the needy within a mile of where you live?  I don’t, and that is wrong!

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