Caring for the Least of These
Hi Everyone, it’s Barbara. Thanks so much for checking out the blog. Adoption is a cause that’s near and dear to my heart. If you’re contemplating adoption or if you’d like to learn more about opportunities to serve in orphanages around the world, we just aired an edition of Welcome Home that highlights this cause. Our guests, Jeff and Debbie Knipe, shared a wonderful story, and have an amazing ministry. In preparing for the taping of this particular program, I came across a scripture that impacted me. I’d like to share it with you. We talk about religion and what that means, but Scripture is clear on the definition of religion…listen to this: “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” Wow. That’s all we have to do? Visit orphans, widows and keep ourselves unspotted (which I think means sinless). Well, we know we can’t do that perfectly in an imperfect world, but we can take some steps toward obedience. Be mindful of others in need, particularly widows and orphans. You know, my mom is a widow, and I’m amazed at how much support she needs. I believe that God knew in His sovereignty that widows have a missing piece of their hearts and need a great deal of emotional support and care. And then orphans? I can’t even imagine. But I do have a friend who is in her 40’s who was orphaned and to this day even though God has healed much of her pain, she still has wounds and scars from the loneliness of being orphaned. We just forget sometimes. Care for widows. Care for orphans. Whatever we do for the least of these, He does for us.