Psalm 9:9 – The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
My sister has down syndrome and I love her to pieces. Maybe I heard this story wrong, but I remember my parents saying that early on in her life they had the choice to ship her off to a home for kids with down syndrome. I’m glad they didn’t. I’m glad to have her in my life and to be her big brother.
This just highlights one of those things that we often do in our society. We push people off to the fringes if they are outside the central part of our attention. We push pass the poor and the homeless. We push past the elderly. We push past the disabled. We put them in nursing homes and sometimes hardly give them a second thought. I sometimes wonder how often much attention those people on the edges of our society get from people in society, people like me!
Thankfully, these people on the fringes of society do not remain in God’s peripheral vision. God’s vision is much clearer and much brighter and much fuller than ours. His vision is better than 20/20. He sees everything all at once all the time. He sees everyone all at once all the time. He sees and cares for the single mom who struggles to make ends meet. He sees and cares for the homeless person just trying scrape by. He sees and cares for the cancer patient who battles not just cancer but depression every day. He sees and cares for the drug addict who desperately wants to quit but finds himself/herself trapped by the addiction. He sees and cares for the poor, the desperate, the broken, the widow, the orphan, the abused, the enslaved, the elderly, those in nursing homes, those with mental illnesses, those with mental weaknesses. He sees and cares for them all.
Lord God, you came to care for the least, those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged. You came to give first place to the last, those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued. You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute. Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries. Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance. Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need. Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them. You came for the least, the lost and last of this world. Amen.