Thought for the Day: I opened a letter at the church yesterday that had come from Boys and Girls Country. It was a thank you letter for the church’s monthly gift. In the letter, the CEO wrote:
Before our kids came to us, they had little chance of escaping the effects of poverty, domestic violence, neglect, abuse and/or drug and alcohol problems in their families.
These words were a good reminder of the circumstance of too many children. Stretching back to the days of the Prophets, the people were never to ignore the needs of the weak and marginalized. Children are our most precious resource, and they should be treated for the gift they are. And of course, God was not suggesting only the children in our own family or the neighbor kids we like. When the Prophets spoke of the orphans, they were speaking of those who were abandoned and living in the shadows. The work of Boys and Girls Country is an attempt to take the words of the Prophets seriously. Today, I give thanks for the good prophet-inspired work of Boys and Girls Country, but also those within our church who partner with this program to make sure these young people know how truly precious they are.
Prayer: O God of the Prophets, inspire us as we speak and act on behalf of those who could so easily be lost in the trials and challenges of life. Too many of the most vulnerable continue to experience hopelessness and rejection. May the good work of programs like Boys and Girls Country point to your far-reaching love and its capacity to change circumstances and lives. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge