My dear friend Mindy works with Back2Back ministries in Mexico and she shared this video on her blog. Many of the people who read my blog probably follow hers as well, but I still felt compelled to share it in my own way.
This video talks much about the orphans heart, but the analogy is far more reaching than just the orphans in mexico. This analogy could be used for any orphan anywhere. Also, I think of the widows. Not just the widows who have had their husband die, but those whose husbands have abandoned them. Those who have been beaten down by a man, physically or verbally. Men who have had abusive fathers. Women who have been abused. The victim who has been blamed; "It's your own fault you don't have a job" "It's your fault you can't afford food." Children living with parents who don't show a trace of love to them. Those who have had addiction rule their lives. The homeless. The jobless. The single mothers. The drug addict. Your neighbor. Your friend. Your family member. You.
We all have paper hearts.
You are the helper of the fatherless. LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.