Isaiah 58: 6 I'll tell you what it really means to worship the Lord. ......
Isaiah 58: 7 Share your food with everyone who is hungry, share your HOME WITH THE POOR AND HOMELESS (emphasis mine). .....
Isaiah 58:8,9 ....and the glory of the Lord will defend you from behind. 9. When you beg the Lord for help, he will answer, "Here I am!"....
Isaiah 58: 12
You will rebuild those houses left in ruins for years; you will be known as a builder and repairer of city walls and streets.
So as I was reading verse 12, it came to me that maybe God just wasn't talking literally. That the rebuilding of houses and city walls and streets was instead an analogy about rebuilding LIVES! Now how cool and beautiful is that I ask you?!
There are many ways in which we can reach out into the lives of others and help "rebuild", but none so close to my heart as adoption.
Oh Lord, LET ME BE KNOWN as a BUILDER AND REPAIRER OF CITY WALLS AND STREETS! LIVES LEFT IN RUINS FOR YEARS REBUILT, REVAMPED, RENEWED! LET THIS BE MY WORSHIP! LET THIS BE TRUE RELIGION!
James 1:27 (KJV)27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
I ask you, will you be a builder? Will you be known as a repairer of lives? Here is one little boy in desperate need! He is on my mind all the time. My heart breaks for this little life that has been in ruin for years! Little Oliver needs his Mama!
Olivers information can be found HERE!
Oliver is five years old and was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. Unfortunately for Oliver, he is severely neglected in the orphanage where he resides. According to a family who visited the orphanage, Oliver is never picked up or held, not even to be fed. The nannies simply lean over the side of the crib to give him a bottle. He is never moved from the position he is in, and he is often kept covered with a blanket so that no one has to see him. You read that right. A five year old little boy ... you know how much energy and enthusiasm five year old boys have! And this one, this dear five year old, Oliver, truly never leaves his crib. His life is devoid of even the most basic affection, attention, and stimulation. (taken from wonderofboys.blogspot.com)
Plead with Jesus on Olivers behalf that a Mama comes soon so his life is not left in ruins!