“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”
Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV
Let us pray.
Lord Jesus, You see the destitute, the forgotten, the lonely, the underprivileged, the homeless, the fatherless, the motherless. You see those who have so much blessing but they have a spirit of despair, an emptiness, disconnected, and unrooted. Too often we don’t see any of these people. We are blinded by our busyness, our rightness to be able to humble ourselves and open ourselves up to the our brothers and sisters. Our lives all draw from Your blessing and Your grace. If we look close enough at our own lives we will recognize our own needing of Your blessing, our own depravity.
Lord, may Your blessing flow and nurture all of our hearts and lives so that we all would see beyond the ourselves. That we would not look towards status and stuff but to see the divine image that is in each of us. Lord, help us to see people and not problems to be solved or avoided but people of blessing that are part of our community, that we are all valued members of the body of Christ. Guide us to bear each other’s burdens, to heal each others wounds, to honour the dignity and integrity that You have given to each person. Help us to obey You in our words and our actions so that others would be able to experience Your deep love and grace. So that people would experience Your transforming life living in them. We pray this in Your holy name, Amen.