A prayer for LOOSE CHAINS

This post is part of my lenten series: 40 prayers for Russia's orphans.  Won't you join us in lifting up some of the most vulnerable children in our world today?

Day 29

Today the Lord has put this passage from Isaiah 58 on my heart. While you read it, will you picture a Russian orphan in your mind? Maybe a baby standing in a crib, waiting endlessly to be picked up. Maybe a toddler or pre-schooler suffering from the flu, in an orphanage infirmary with no mama or papa to cuddle her. Maybe a school aged child who, at the end of the school day, watches as his friends get picked up by parents or grandparents and knows he's not going home to a family himself. Picture them.

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard
  Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I."

And now pray, simply: 

Dear God, 

Show us how to answer this call so that our light will break forth like the dawn. 



A few weeks ago someone asked on my facebook page if I would write a post about how we can help Russia's orphans if we are not called to adopt. This is an EXCELLENT request and I am going to be doing some research over the next few weeks in order to respond well to this question. My goal is to post it before the end of lent. 

Thank you for caring for Russia's orphans! 


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