I know we all want to be loved, to feel special, or even just noticed, our needs considered. By someone. Not necessarily be everyone else. But that doesn’t always happen in our world. Too bad we don’t all know, and that those of us who do too often forget, that our God loves us, that to Him we are special, He notices us every moment and considers our needs.
Not just too bad, it’s tragic really. Cosmically tragic. There are so many who are so much worse off than anyone who will read these words. People living in utter poverty who don’t know where their next meal will come from and who struggle to find clean water to drink for their children and themselves.
We are called by our Creator to take care of those who have less than we. That’s actually one of our main charges in Scripture. If you read Jesus’ words on the final judgement of mankind, it’s ALL about what we did for others. And has very little to do with how we ‘improved’ ourselves or our own situation. This was shared to make those who live comfortably to examine our choices and make sure we are taking care of “the least of these.” We need to look after the ones who are often forgotten and rarely considered in our fallen world.
Widows and orphans most of all. In our modern age widows could merely be single women who are abused and sold into slavery and children who have been taken from their parents or sold out of desperation by their parents into human trafficking. They are our concern, as well. It can be depressing, it can seem overwhelming. But we can each do our small part to assist those oppressed, forgotten ones.
I heard a song a few days ago that sums up the 1st world problems we need to ‘get over’ so that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus and find true happiness in looking to the needs of others. And I share it with you now because it’s inspiring. If you’ve read previous posts of mine that include YouTube videos of Christian songs I love, you know that when the words and music marry to deliver a powerful message that grabs me by the collar and stares me in the face, I have to share it. In fact, I’ve been considering starting a podcast where I share the song and a meditation. We’ll see what God wants.
In the mean time, please listen and contemplate Every Little Prison (Deliver Me). It’s based on the Litany of Humility, written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Va (1865-1930). You can search online to find the full litany. It’s powerful.