A young black man once asked his minister why their people had to suffer so much poverty, hardship, and oppression. “Why doesn’t God do something?” he wailed.
“He has,” said that wise pastor. “He has created you.”
It just so happened that that young man was Desmond Tutu - who would later become the archbishop of South Africa - and the answer to his own question.
The story reminds me of the story of Moses. God tells Moses, “I have heard the cry of the Israelites in their oppression. I’m coming down to rescue them... Now, go. I’m sending you!”
It never ceases to amaze me how God works in us and through us. In spite of all our limitations, God does beautiful things through the work of human hands!
Today, as you go about your daily activities, try to pay attention to opportunities God is laying before you to serve others. Is there someone nearby crying out for love or a listening ear? Is there opportunity to provide food or money or a word of hope to someone in need? Can you use your power or privilege to make a difference? I don’t know how it might look for you, but I do know that when we open the door for God to use our lives, we will find great meaning and joy ourselves.
Let us pray: God of Hope, we praise you for your unconditional love, mercy and grace. You give and you give and you give. We want to be the kind of people who give with you. We want to be the kind of people who make a positive difference in the lives others. So, we ask you to heal us where we need healing, challenge us where we need to be challenged. Open our eyes to the need around us, and show us how we might reflect your love. Amen