Thought for the Day by Katherine-Alice Grasham (All Hallows’)
Readings: Jeremiah 22:1-5
Verse 3: “Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.”
This passage is just as powerful in today’s context as it must have been when it was written. In a country where we are struggling and fighting for the right to protest against oppression, don’t you just want to scream out these words that God said?!
I had the privilege of hearing Krish Kandiah speak a few weeks ago, and he spoke about how often the bible calls us to care for the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow. Krish heads up an organisation called Home for Good, which promotes adoption and fostering within church communities. It takes part of that call – to care for the fatherless – very literally.
I applied to be an adopter a few years ago now. I was turned down because of my financial situation, which sadly hasn’t improved much since then for me to be able to reapply. But I believe that it will happen because I know I am called to do this one day.
Not all of us will be called to be foster carers or adoptive parents, but I wonder where other opportunities to take this God-given mandate literally, and seriously? In what situations can we as the church fight against oppression, and care for the foreigner, the fatherless, the widow, and anyone else who is oppressed and disadvantaged today. Why not spend a few moments praying about ways you might be able to take up this mantle.