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Pleasing Sacrifices

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 NIV

We have a wonderful departed saint of the church, Bennie, who grew up in Texas during the Depression with her mother, aunt, and sister. During one of our visits, Bennie shared with me her experiences of that time when there were so many impoverished and migrant people. Although her family had limited resources themselves and could have been concerned for personal safety, when anyone would show up on their doorstep, her mother made sure they received a meal.

In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were instructed to care for widows, orphans, and aliens by setting aside a specific amount for their care. Also, they were to leave some for others when they gleaned their fields and harvested their grain. There are frequent reminders of that responsibility throughout the Bible.

In our wealthy nation, far too many face food insecurity, and many live on our streets. With escalating prices on necessities, more folks are feeling the squeeze. Many on the streets simply can't afford the basics, like housing and food. Finding affordable housing and eating regularly is impossible for someone living on $1000/month or less.

While there are company charities, churches, and nonprofits working to help the marginalized, more help is needed. In response to Christ's call in Matthew 25:35-36, we all must do what we can to alleviate the suffering. We may have little to offer, but all of us doing our little part together can make a difference. Whether it's giving water and a clean pair of socks to a person on the streets, volunteering time at a soup kitchen, donating canned goods to the local food pantry, or financially supporting worthy organizations so they can continue this work—there are many ways we can offer pleasing sacrifices to God.

Father God, we thank you for the resources you've given us. We look at the world around us and see the needs of the many, and like your Son Jesus, we are moved with compassion. Lord, please accept our offerings and bless their use. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.


Pastor Tim

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:35‭-‬36 NIV

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