October 28

“The people who know their God will display and take action.”  Daniel 11:32

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

Some years ago, visiting South Africa, I felt moved to note in my journal a verse posted outside Untunjambili Lutheran Church (I think it was):  “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?”  Lamentations 1:12

Ancient text for modern day needs … oppression and injustice, poverty and hunger are old as history, still current, so routine they are unnoticed by many.  Don’t just pass by.  As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to see, to care, to take action, to lift off the bushel and let “this little light of mine” – God’s light – shine. 

I can’t install x-ray equipment in Liberia, perform surgery in Guatemala, or cook a meal in Haiti.  But God provides opportunities to do just that through local organizations such as Feed My Starving Children, Global Health Ministries, ELCA World Hunger and others. 

Such modern day needs exist nearby with various venues to help/shine … supporting food shelves; hosting homeless families; welcoming diversity into our neighborhoods; ministering to the anxious and grieving; caring for God’s Earth.  Proceeds from a recent consignment sale at Christ the King will buy socks for homeless people.  A young man led a congregational effort assembling sandwiches for distribution to homeless people.   Others are hosting diversity training, wellness initiatives, end of life insight.  Some have adopted storm drains and neighborhood parks.  They aren’t passing by.  They have taken action.  Our hands, doing God’s work, not for our own recognition, but as a reflection of God’s gifts to us … grace and mercy, our varied abilities to take action.

“Let none hear you idly saying, ‘There is nothing I can do,’
While the multitudes are dying and the master calls for you.
Take the task he gives you gladly.  Let his work your pleasure be.
Answer quickly when he calls you, ‘Here am I. Send me, send me!’”  Amen

(Hymn text:  Joseph Barnby)

Verla Olson