Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Just untie the cords...

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear... -Is 58:6-8

Loosen the chains and untie the cords...we have been able to help do this in the lives of our KaRen refugee friends. Through hours of doctor visits and dentist appointments, we are seeing the cords and chains of injustice being broken and untied. When you are driven from your home and crammed in a refugee camp with thousands of other refugees, you do not get adequate medical or dental care. The chains and cords literally become sickness, disease and pain. But when you are granted freedom, you can have access to the resources, the wisdom and the care of justice. Your teeth get pulled, or filled, your body gets medicine and help to regain health. You find healing.

This is the true work of the church...to serve, to heal, to love and to untie.


Matt said...

Somebody told me the other day that they were ready to die and meet God without fear. I can't say I'm ready. How can I be ready to meet my maker when we have seen so much suffering and haven't done everything possible to break it? How can I be content to leave my brothers and sisters behind? Have I made the widow's heart sing... is Naw Bey Bey still wasting away in prison? I know i can do little, but i am not ready to die.

FCB said...

You know, your'e right, it is a selfish thought isn't it.
On one of the video clips on the Peace Plan web-site, Rick Warren talked about the huge army of Christians, and if we become more mobile, with each person doing there part, much will be done. That is an encouraging thought.
There are about 2 billion Christians, if each of us did enough to help just one person, that would nearly cover the world's needs. There would certainly be more pictures like the one on this post.