More Alike than Different
While in Ethiopia last summer, the Lord opened my eyes to something that has changed the way I view people. As we walked around the streets of Addis and visited people in their homes, I began to see that so easily, those sweet Ethiopian women begging on the streets could have been me.
The ONLY thing that was different between me and the women living in metal or cardboard homes on the side of the dump is where we were born, when we were born, and to whom we were born. That’s it.
Every single resource, opportunity, or piece of advice I received, and every decision that came after that flowed from where I was born, when I was born, and to whom I was born.
This is striking to me because there is nothing that I did to deserve to be born in America to parents who loved each other. There is nothing I did to deserve an education and food every single day. While I am so thankful for the ways God has blessed me and my family, I cannot use that as an opportunity to hold anything over or against anyone else.
When I think of those mamas raising babies in the trash dump of Addis Ababa, I am overwhelmed by the fact that we are both made in the image of God and both loved by Him. We are both born with sinful hearts that are hostile to God and both have been given the opportunity to accept’s God’s plan for reconciliation in Christ. We are both doing everything we can to take care of our children and make sure their needs are met.
I am seeking to educate myself now on those things that I haven’t needed to think about because of the color of my skin and the where, when, and to whom of my birth. I am praying that God would open my eyes and direct my heart to the right emotions and actions.
Lord, would you execute justice for the oppressed,
open the eyes of the blind,
and lift up those who are bowed down.
Psalm 146 (ESV)
Put Not Your Trust in Princes
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!
We had cause to celebrate over the past two weeks as I (Lindsay) had a birthday and we celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary! And next weekend, our Elias turns 4!
We’re still not sure of our summer dates, but it looks like Illinois will be our next step. Jack will be preaching at our sending church here in Virginia on June 14, and we’re putting together videos to send to churches in Michigan that we aren’t able to visit during this time. The Lord has been so good to us as we’re navigating partnership development during quarantine! We are so thankful for the encouragement and support of SO MANY of you and we’re so excited to be moving forward in ministry with such an amazing team behind us!
Everything is still in place to be in France in January. We’re moving forward with that until we’re told otherwise.