Read below as Mindy Cook, our Communications Project Coordinator, reflects on the holy season of Advent.
Why are we told to visit orphans in their distress? This is a question I’ve mulled over many times as I’ve considered James 1:27. Why visit? Honestly, the term seems rather innocuous, bringing to mind images of sitting around making small talk. Isn’t there a more compelling term that would help inspire decisive action?
Then, in reading through a series of Advent devotions, I discovered Luke 1:68, where Zechariah is prophesying about young Jesus.
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people…”
It hit me hard – in sending His Son, God visited us. In the course of history, no more decisive action has ever been taken.
What did God do when He visited us? Emmanuel, God with us, bore our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4), making sure we know that we are not alone in our distress. He redeemed us – bringing good news to the poor, binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to the captives, and comforting all those who mourn (Isaiah 61:1-2).
Suddenly, visiting becomes so much more than small talk. As those who bear His name, God calls us to follow in the footsteps of His Son. In celebrating how God visited us, would you pray about how God would have you visit orphans in their distress?
Pray about taking action. Show Hope exists to help you fulfill God’s call to care for orphans and there are many ways to get involved. A simple first step could be giving a gift of hope to bring good news and comfort to a waiting child. However you respond, we pray that you will experience great joy this Christmas as we celebrate the visit that changed eternity!