May the LORD, the God of Israel,
under whose wings you have come to take refuge,
reward you fully for what you have done.
The LORD loves refugees. He sent His son, Jesus, to enter our flesh and blood world, knowing full well he’d soon be a refugee—a middle-Eastern toddler with his family—fleeing the malicious murderous regime of the day.
Flash forward to a current middle-Eastern toddler with his family—fleeing the malicious murderous regime of the day—and see Aylan’s lifeless little body, face down at water’s edge.
And Jesus tells us:
…if you give even a cup of cold water
to one of the least of my followers,
you will surely be rewarded.
Not one of us has the ability to help everyone, but all of us have the ability to help someone.
The following excerpted from
If you’d like to help Syrian refugees stranded on the Greek Island of Lesvos, see the list below, and mail to:
Hellenic Postal Office of Mythymna
℅ The Captain’s Table
Molyvos 81108, Lesvos, Greece
ITEMS TO SEND for SYRIAN REFUGEES on GREEK ISLAND OF LESVOS:
Sneakers, gym shoes for men, women and children (all sizes) are a HIGH PRIORITY
Sweat pants of all sizes.
Briefs/underwear for men, women and children (all sizes)
Men’s trousers (small, medium and large) and shoes
Baby powder milk
Any non-perishables like nut butters or other long-lasting foods.
Plastic to cover the floor/for shade
Mats (camping or yoga mats)
Hats and caps for sunshade (adults and children/light colors because of the sun)
Electric Plug for multiple devices (European voltage)
…Serve the LORD alone.
But if you refuse to serve the LORD,
then choose today whom you will serve.
Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served
beyond the Euphrates?
Or will it be the gods of the Amorites
in whose land you now live?
But as for me and my family,
we will serve the LORD.
Totally love this: my daughter-in-law very recently invited me to spend “100 days with Jesus”.
The blog author of www.thecottonhouse.com explains how she was inspired when she came across a page in her Bible listing over 250 names for Jesus; and shares how her view of Him completely changed as she started studying His names.
She began sharing her study yesterday, September 1, 2015, by posting the day’s Name, verse reference, definition and prayer. She invites each of us to join and follow daily through either Instagram (@100 Days with Jesus) or her blog.
Yesterday’s Name, ADVOCATE, resonated solidly within me.
Jesus Christ Himself, pleads my case with His Father, God Almighty…not because I deserve it in any shape, form or fashion, but simply because He loves me; and I chose to enter into a totally voluntary transactional relationship with Him.
Years ago, by virtue of age and relationship, I became my grandmother’s advocate. Her only child, my father, had died when I was a teenager. She enjoyed remarkable health, was an avid reader with a wonderful sense of humor, and lived independently until age 99. All of our lives, but hers the most, changed the day her hip broke; she fell and then ultimately lived her final two years in a nursing home.
One irritating and frustrating nursing-home-day, I told the charge nurse that I knew I was a pain to deal with, but if I were HER advocate, she’d be glad. She stopped short—then walked across Ma Mooney’s room and wrapped me in a huge bear hug.
It’s pretty simple really…I loved Ma Mooney and I advocated for her…albeit awkwardly and imperfectly. Jesus really really loves me and He advocates for me…not awkwardly and imperfectly…but with amazing saving Grace and perfection.
…we have an advocate
who pleads our case before the Father.
He is Jesus Christ,
the one who is truly righteous.
He himself is the sacrifice
that atones for our sins—
and not only our sins
but the sins of all the world.
1 John 2:1-2
Amen and amen.