In my Heartlight piece this week on Ruth, I focused on God’s ways of caring for the widow, the fatherless, the foreigner, and the poor (see for example Deuteronomy 24:19-22 and Leviticus 19:9-10) and how they intersected with Ruth’s faithfulness to her mother-in-law. This intersection not only brought us the sweet story of the book of Ruth in the Bible, but also brought us the grace of God in Jesus!
But the question that we have facing us as those who claim to be followers of Jesus is whether or not we have God’s heart toward these same people. There’s a Ruth out there (and a Ralph because God loves the guys in this position just as much a he loves the gals) and it’s our job to find her! So what we are we doing to go beyond the political and social debates and moving into action to bless those God cares about…
- the widow?
- the fatherless?
- the foreigner?
- the poor?
If you want to do more than just debate, or feel sad in your heart, then let me point you to a couple of places to get involved and be a blessing. And be sure and see the Dry Bones video at the end of this post!
- Christian Homes and Family Services for adoption and care for babies and birth moms.
- Refugees and displaced people among us — see the book Strangers Next Door
- Dry Bones Denver, caring for hungry, homeless, and abused kids on the street.
- Helping address the issues of urban poverty and giving people a fresh and re-dignified start through City Square in Dallas.
- Love and Care ministries for the homeless in Abilene.