Don’t Ask Me To Save YOU!
Saturday, August 26, 2023
Isaiah 58: 6-7
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Words of Grace For Today
When we struggle to achieve a bit of the dreams (from years past) that are still possible in the old life we live,
Sometimes one’s muscles, joints, bones, and brain just hurt too much to do more than the bare minimal for survival.
Then, after a life of not being compensated as agreed one would, and struggling to provide for children as well, when one already goes to the food bank for food, suffers astounding injustice, has no house (just an off-grid camper and wood stove), and few kin want to see one, yet alone help one (even hide, though that is so far from possible nor desired) what can one do to offer God the pleasing sacrifice:
to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke, to share our bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into our house; when we see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide ourselves from your own kin?
Ah … is that not the rub. We always have explanations for why and how it is not for us to provide to others less fortunate than ourselves.
Even this day, we pray, help us see all God gives us, which is all we have to share with those in need greater than ourselves.
Even this day.