FROM Jacqueline Rijnsburger, sent to us by a friend from Canada.... Thank you!
MINISTRY TO THE DISABLED
MINISTRY TO THE HOMELESS SENIORS
MINISTRY TO CHILDREN
OFFERING A HELPING HAND
MINISTRY TO FAMILIES IN CRISIS
LET'S ENCOURAGE OUR CHURCHES
BELIVE IN A WORLD WITHOUT ORPHANS
PLEASE READY WHAT JACQUELINE HAS TO SAY:
"today i was reading new words and 'prophesies' for 2013. different churches and organizations worldwide send those out in december and januari, as an encouragement for the new year. when i looked up the ones of the past years (up to 2009) i noticed (again) that they are all the same. they speak of this being the year of break through, change and new. also they speak of wonderful promises that emphasize personal (and the church's) riches and well being.
even though i believe God wants the best for us, I noticed as well that none of them are about blessing the poor, the widows and the orphans. none of them are about not spending money on an expensive sound system or new building and in stead blessing the poor with food, a home etc. none of them speak about being real, about loving those in need, about going the second mile for people who are lonely or depressed. none of them speak about opening your home for the destitute.
it really makes me feel sad. you may call me a rebel or think that i'm against being church, but i'm not. yet things like this (and i know that there are exceptions) make me angry and disgusted with how we portray the God who loves the least and who came for the least. and of course we may enjoy life and all that we have, but where are the words that challenge us to to share by feeding the hungry and comfort the mourning?
i feel shaken and i feel challenged to put the thoughts above into practice, more and more, day by day, step by step."