The worst crime

God has often been disappointed in people for fasting and praying, doing all kinds of “religious rites”, programs, programs, programs–but neglecting the poor, like widows and orphans.

We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the foundation of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot.

It’s easy to look at mounting bills, expenses, etc., and say “we can’t”; it’s hard to look at that comfortable chair one sits in every day, the good food in the fridge, the high number on the weigh-scales, and say “we can’t”.

We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the foundation of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot.

Yes, I repeated that, on purpose. The quote continues:

Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer, ‘Tomorrow.’ His name is ‘Today.’

This is from the Compassion blog that I receive in my inbox. If you’re looking for a way to help the poor and widows, Compassion is an excellent organization (see my link over there on the right). They rank way up there as far as financial integrity, as well as the ratings for simply doing things well. Even the blog is very well written; and I love the daily prayer email that I get from them, which is just a short, specific prayer request, with a perfectly matched scripture verse.

Giving a regular amount that comes out of your bank account automatically is a great way to place priority on that giving, to my way of thinking: it means you’re looking after the poor FIRST, before other things that come up. And sponsoring a child not only helps that child, but his/her family as well, AND the community they live in.

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” (1 Thessalonians 3:12)

Make our love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone…

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