Tuesday, January 03, 2017

MacDonald: ministering to the poor

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
    Commemoration of Gladys Aylward, Missionary in China, 1970
    So [Jesus] replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”
    —Luke 7:22-23 (NIV)
    I cannot imagine a much greater misfortune for a man, not to say a clergyman, than not to know, or knowing, not to minister to, any of the poor.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, v. I [1867], London: Strahan & Co., 1873, p. 110-111 (see the book)
    See also Luke 7:22-23; Isa. 61:1-3; Zeph. 3:12; Luke 4:18-19; Gal. 2:10; Jas. 2:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, implant in me a greater heart for the poor.
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