December 10, 2012 by Chris French
On this dreary day someone you know is hurting. Winter is a bad time for some people. They rain and dismal nature of this season brings some people down. They can’t seem to shake the depression and it sticks to them like glue. For others the holidays are a rough time because it brings to attention their loss. If you know someone who has lost someone close to them right now they’re probably wishing they could spend just one more Christmas with their loved one. Even if they’ve been separated for many years the hurt during this time of year is fresh. Maybe you’re thinking of the 153,000,000 orphans across the world who are starving, abused and exploited. The victims of Hurricane Sandy in the northeast may have crossed your mind today. It’s been almost 2 months since Sandy hit, but many, many people are without heat (if they still have a home) in a very cold part of our country. People are literally freezing to death. Perhaps you’ve been thinking of the 27 million slaves who are forced to work in deplorable conditions without payment, 7,o00 kids in Ghana alone work as slave fishermen. Some are 5 years old. There are more slaves right now than there have EVER been in the history of the world! Have you considered the father who has been out of work and is now in the process of selling everything he has to buy shoes for his small kids for Christmas?
We need to stand vigil over these people! You may not be able to set all the slaves free or adopt all 153,000,000 orphans. You may not be able to help the poor family out with their necessities, but if you’ve gotten this far in this post you care. Turn to our Father. He is the Protector of the weak and the One who cares for the strugglers. Stand vigil over these people with Him. You may not know their names and could not reach them to help them physically, but you can reach them nonetheless. Beg the Father to send a reprieve to these afflicted people. You know there is great power in prayer. It’s very possible that your prayers for the helpless will inspire someone who can physically help them to do so. You don’t know their names, but your heart is broken for them. Take their case to the Father. He cares!
Have you ever thought that these injustices still exist because we haven’t done enough?
Be generous with the ones you can help. Be generous in prayer with the ones you don’t know.