Do you ever feel, I mean physically feel, God changing your heart? These past few days as I read the posts from the bloggers who went to Ecuador with Compassion, as I reflect on the holiday season, as I evaluate practices in our daily life, this phrase keeps coming to mind and bringing tears to my eyes. Live simply so others may simply live. Does that give you goosebumps? I write this with tears in my eyes from my warm home with ample clean water and abundant food. I write this as my toes warm by the heater vent and my children rest safely on clean sheets in their own rooms. I write this with a heart filled with gratitude for what we have and eyes that have been reminded of the truth of the word "necessity."
I can't ignore it any more. I can't live as if their lives don't matter when I have the power to do something about it. Not only do something, but teach my children to love the poor for the rest of their lives.
This day will probably end up being multiple blog posts because each of our completely unrelated activities today has ended up being so related. It's absolutely Masterful the way that the mundane has served to remind me of God's call: true religion is this to care for widows and orphans in their distress.
There are at least two practical out-workings that we feel God calling us to as a family. Lord-willing, I'll have more time later to share. So so grateful for the Lord breaking my heart with the things that crush His.