Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bringing Good News!

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat…We must find each other.” ~Mother Teresa~

Uncared for

We may all have experienced these types of feelings to some degree at one time or another in our lives. However, we live in the most prosperous nation in the world. We have all the modern conveniences right at our finger tips. We have homes with electricity and running water; we are kept cool in the summers, and warm in the winter. We drive beautiful cars, and have pantries and refrigerators filled with food.

For most of us, our births were eagerly anticipated and celebrated. We were raised by loving parents who worked hard to give us a future. But we are among a very elite percent of the world’s population. I recently read over 3.6 billion people strive to survive on less that $2 per day! Sometimes it’s hard to relate to those who are truly forsaken when we live in such a prosperous society.

Now turn the page. Have you ever really felt hunger? No, not just that nagging little ache after missing a meal or two, but really hungry? Have you ever been very sick with no hope of seeing a doctor or getting needed medicine? Have you ever wandered in the streets begging for a penny to buy a morsel of food? While this may seem very far removed from our conscience, a huge percent of the world lives this way everyday.

Mother Theresa witnessed some of the greatest levels of poverty and starvation ever seen by man. And yet, she described the necessity to be loved, cared for, and wanted as the most desperate need of mankind. She knew hunger, thirst, and the basic necessities of life could be met, but a soul that is forsaken is without hope.

I believe the greatest lie of the Satan is to deceive us into believing we are unwanted, uncared for, and forgotten. We can have all the power, possessions, and prestige this world has to offer, but to feel forsaken and unloved can pull even the mightiest person into the darkness of these lies.

The Christian life cannot be lived individually. We are our brother’s keepers. The Lord has given us the responsibility to help bring restoration, hope and healing to all those in need. Opportunities abound; the needs are all around us. It may be a co-worker, neighbor, friend, or relative. We just need to allow the Holy Spirit to show us who needs to know that they are loved and cared for by a great and merciful God. Will you take the time to listen?

Please join us over today at Amy's In Pursuit of Proverbs 31 and see what others have written on this powerful quote. Thanks for stopping by today.


Denise said...

Such a great post, be blessed.

Irish Coffeehouse said...

Oh I really, really like your scripture choice from Luke. :)

Great post! May all of our hearts be granted eyes to see the opportunities to shine brightly in love for one another.

Tami Boesiger said...

These two thoughts resonate with me, Susan:

but a soul that is forsaken is without hope and The Christian life cannot be lived individually.

Amen, friend. We have a responsibility to live with others, even when it may be difficult. Very good points.

Karen said...

The Christian life cannot be lived individually, I like that point and the truth it displays in it.

Laurie Ann said...

Oh, Susan! What a beautiful post. I will take the time to listen. I thought this was a great prompt for today. I have so enjoyed reading everyone's responses. I love the picture of Mother Teresa you posted, of her caring in action. It just hit me...she probably did without often as she served those she loved so dearly.

MiPa said...

We really are our brothers' keeper. Even when the world sells us a lie that we don't need anyone but ourselves. Bless you for sharing!

Christina said...

This is so true. To be uncared for and hopeless has got to be the worst. By the Grace of God I have not had this experience but I feel for those that have all around the world. My daughter is on a mission to East Timor and Bali and she says these people just embrace the love and kindness so easily. Once their souls are filled and they know there are people out there who care they seem much more at peace.

jamie in rose cottage said...

Amen. Wonderful post.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

How true. You've painted a poignant reminder for me that loving beyond my comfortable is the greatest gift I can pour out on humanity. Something of your post reads with Alicia's "anonymous" theme.

Thanks for sharing.


Runner Mom said...

Thank you, Susan, for this reminder today. How often we nervously look the other way when a homeless person is standing at a stoplight with a sign for $$. It's awkward to explain to your children why Mommy, even though a Christian, kept on driving and did nothing.


luvmy4sons said...

What wonderful thoughts dear sister. Amen!

Tiffany Stuart said...

"I believe the greatest lie of the Satan is to deceive us into believing we are unwanted, uncared for, and forgotten."

I bought into this lie for far too long.

Great reminder to look for opportunities to serve.

And yes, we live with so much it's hard for me to imagine being really hungry or begging.

Thanks for your comment as always. You love with words. I feel blessed to know your heart.

Melanie said...

Beautiful post, Susan! There is so much to be learned from Mother Theresa and her walk with the Lord. Oh, and the way she showed that love to the world... so special! I pray we all may show the world the Lord's love in such a way.

Tracy said...

What a beautiful challange to us from an incredibly humble soul. We never feel the presence of the Lord more than when we serve and show love to the unwanted, unloved, uncared for and the forgotten...I pray God opens my eyes to these opportunities all around me and that He brings this loving challenge to mind.

Thank you for sharing your loving heart...


lori said...

Hey YOU....I'm JUST getting over here today...WOW..that was wonderful and that picture of Mother Teresa was one of my favorites of her....
What a disciple....I'm humbled everytime I read something that she has written....she was a real person..real feelings, real doubts....yet, never stopped doing what she was called to do..

Hey, how was the weekend..I hope it was a wonderful retreat!!
I've had the week flipped around, have my sister's girls, so we are BUSY...but I wanted to stop in and say hello!!!

We'll chat later!!
love you...

Amy S. said...


This post is so true. We as humans who live in prosperity don't like to "go there". It's the unimaginable and not a pleasant place to go. How can any of us who read and agree with your post not be on our knees thanking our Heavenly Father for all he so graciously has given us.. Sure puts our abundant lives in prospective!

Love and Hugs ..

Kelley said...

Awesome thoughts Susan! I can only imagine how God must feel to be seeing our indifference to those around us (physically, emotionally and spiritually). It is so easy to overlook the hurting. My prayer is that God will open my eyes to those in need of His love and that He will help me to show them that!

Carmen said...

ALWAYS love hearing from you Susan!

Shalom Aleichem Sista!