See that you do not despise one of these little ones.
For I tell you that their angels in heaven
always see the face of my Father in heaven.
Jesus had a special place in his heart for children, and he took every occasion to promote them and defend their cause.
And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Psalm 10 makes it clear that God’s heart goes out to the downtrodden, the oppressed, the afflicted and abused. And the psalmist calls God to account.
Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.
This coming Sunday morning we will be recalling the marvelous ways in which our congregation has embraced being the hands and feet of Jesus -fostering and adopting boys and girls out of obedience to Christ.
Pray for Kip Dochterman as he prepares to preach God’s word from Ephesians 5, explaining how caring for children in need is a beautiful way to imitate the love of Christ.
And be praying for response, that God will be honored, that hearts will be moved to pray, to support and engage and encourage in this vital ministry of caring for the hurting children of our world.
Therefore be imitators of God,
as beloved children.
And walk in love,
as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,
a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
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