Sunday, December 18, 2022

Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

—Proverbs 31:9

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

“No room in the inn!” “Placed him in a manger!” So often we play favorites with the rich, beautiful, powerful, and prestigous. Isn’t it interesting that God revealed himself as the defender of the widow, the orphan, and the alien and then entered the world as the child of a Jewish carpenter and a young virgin from a small town. God wants us to notice those in need around us. He wants it to be more than an annual good gesture at Christmas. He wants us to be advocates for the folks like Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. We’re not just told to be fair; we’re told to defend and to plead the rights of those in need. When we do, we do it for him (see Matthew 23).

My Prayer…

Make me more aware, Holy Father, of those around me who need your love and grace. Make me your instrument to defend them and to serve them. Open my eyes to see Jesus in the faces of those in need. In the name of my Savior, Jesus, Savior of all peoples, I pray. Amen.

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