"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

November 12, 2017

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones.
For I tell you that their angels in heaven
always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
MATTHEW 18:10

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black or white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
MATTHEW 18:1-5

When we extend our love to children, it’s as though we welcomed God Himself. In the story of the sheep and the goats, the righteous asked Jesus…

“‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” MATTHEW 25:37-40

Jesus might as well have added orphans to this list of “the least of these,” the “despised ones” who always see the face of God the Father. Here at Grace, Project Hope has served us well for a decade now, encouraging the fostering and adopting of the fatherless, rallying like-minded folks who seek to display ongoing and committed love to children who desperately need a home.

This Sunday we will again focus on what God has done, and the opportunities that are still available to us. Come with open hands and hearts, ready to listen, to empathize, and to come alongside. Together we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the fatherless.

Therefore be imitators of God,
as beloved children.
And walk in love,
as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,
a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
EPHESIANS 5:1-3

 

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