Love Mercy, by Lisa and Ty Samson
Going from a life of plenty in Suburban America to a life of "serving others." This is a book I recommend whole-heartedly. Lisa Samson has always been one of my favorite fictional authors, but this true story is one that you won't soon forget. It chronicles she and her daughter Ty's experiences in Swaziland, the AIDs capital of the world.
They are not prepared for what they see. Expecting to minister to others, they soon figure out that "the others" will be ministering to them....
How do we in America handle the poverty all around us? We don't have to go as far as Africa to find it. I can go about 2 blocks away and I can see its effects. Is just being thankful for what we have enough? Is sending a check to World Vision enough? This is what I asked myself this morning when I was reading from Isaiah.....
The kind of fast God wants......"Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday." Isaiah 58:7,10
Lord, help me to not close my eyes and my heart to people you might send my way to help. Help me see those opportunities as gifts. May I not be so blinded by my love of safety and security that I no longer see the world outside that You died to save. I have built walls to keep the dirty, troubling, smelly world out, Lord. Help those walls not be so unyielding, Lord. That is the best I can do for now.
Lord, I so love your Word, but at times I find it troubling. Help me to be open to what it speaks to my heart, Father. Amen