He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Quote of the Day

"If you are chosen in the heart of God,
you have eyes to see the chosenness of others"

"Where are the men, women and children who are waiting for us to reach out to them? Poverty in all its forms, physical, intellectual, and emotional, is not decreasing. To the contrary, the poor are everywhere around us and beyond--more than ever. As the powers of darkness show their hideous intentions with increasing crudeness, the weeping of the poor becomes louder and louder and their misery more and more visible. We who yearn for peace must strive to keep listening and to keep looking. We must not run away from this painful sight."
We must "trust that God gives us what we need to truly care for the poor that are given to us. We choose to trust that we will have the financial, emotional, and physical support we need, when we need it, and to the degree that we need it. I am convinced that we are people who are ready to help with money, time and talent. But we are often afraid to enter into the chaos surrounding situations of poverty, and we will remain paralyzed unless we dare to take new risks. If we need to have all our bases covered before we move into action, then nothing exciting ever happens, but if we dare to take a few crazy risks because God asks us to do so, many doors that we didn't even know existed open before us."
-Henri j.m. Nouwen