Friday, April 4, 2014

Set the Oppressed Free

beautiful girls of the Karen people - an oppressed ethnic tribe in Burma

Is this not 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 him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Isaiah 58:6-7

I met these young ladies the evening we visited their refugee camp just over the Burma border. This group of internally displaced people, forced to flee their homes and escape the Burmese army - they are hungry for God and any outside help that comes their way. We fed their souls with words of life and encouragement and prayer. We handed out gifts and clothes. We sang to them and they sang to us. 

I also met people who are giving every day of their lives to help all the oppressed people of Burma. People who knowingly and intentionally put themselves between these innocent people and the enemy. They are risking it all in an effort to loose the chains of injustice.

When I think of my own efforts - blogging a few times a week about child sponsorship - I feel lazy and downright useless. 

God help us all learn how to fast in the way that pleases you. 

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