December 2

Psalms 140:12
I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

John sat back in his chair, folded his arms, and said, "Look, if poor and starving people were doing what they were supposed to, they wouldn't be having the problems they do! God would take care of them if they were worth taking care of."

As cruel and narrow as they may sound, comments like these are made all the time. Somehow, some people believe that the poor and needy in our world are that way because they've done something to deserve it. They figure God would solve the problem if it was supposed to be solved. They don't realize that God is trying to solve the problem, but that the solution involves us. We are God's eyes, hands, and feet. He has blessed us with the resources needed to solve the problem. All that remains is for us to find the love and compassion within ourselves to make God's plan a reality. As we prepare to share in the blessings of Christmas, it is good to think of ways we might repay the Lord for the greatest gift ever given. How better can we return thanks for the life of Christ, than to share in saving the life of another?
Prayer: As Your Son came into this world to save, so send me, that I might help give life to those in need. Use me to solve the problem of poverty. Amen.

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