This article on Compassion International caught my attention—I wasn’t aware or I wasn’t looking in the right places. Thankfully, this post got my eyes off my own inconveniences and circumstances to realize the world is suffering in a big way. Not only are China and Myanmar reeling in the aftermath of natural disasters; the economy is taking its toll on food supplies around the world. As Becky shares, the children in Bangladesh who receive only one meal a day from Compassion centers feel guilty because the rest of their family has no food.
Lord, help each of us to be more aware of the real needs and real problems in the world…not just how our groceries cost more and gas prices are going up. Turn our attention to the suffering, and prick our hearts with your compassion. Give us the means to do what we can, where we can, and when we can. Help us to live out James 1:27: “External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need…”