September 5

Psalm 146:5-10

“The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.” vs. 9

While we can find fragments of scripture to support whatever harebrained notions we might choose to hold, when we take the bible as a whole there are certain themes that rise to the top. The psalmist had his finger on one of those underlying principles and wasn’t afraid to let people know. It can’t be any plainer…the Lord watches over strangers and upholds widows and orphans. These are the people who tend to fall through the cracks in any society and God’s holy ones have been given special instructions to look out for them. It’s remarkable how well we’ve actually done in this respect…our social outreach committees are often the strength of our congregations. And most helping agencies in our country have their roots in faith-based communities. These are the people who look out for refugees and who take care of the homeless. They feed the hungry, establish foster care programs, and run assisted living facilities. We can be rightfully proud of the work that they have done and will continue to do…and when they have needs it’s our responsibility to keep giving our time and our money. In recent years we’ve begun hearing the phrase, “God’s Work, Our Hands” more often…it’s a good slogan and a solid reminder of the part we play in fulfilling God’s intentions.

Thought for the Day: What’s my favorite social service agency?

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