Blog from Kristy Engel….

The weak and needy

 Psalms 72:12-14 (NRSV)

For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.

He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.

From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.

Each morning, I read from the book, Celtic Daily Prayer. I have read the Morning Prayer so often that I now have it memorized and find myself repeating the prayer at times when I am troubled, tired or far from home. The morning ritual focuses my heart on God and God’s desire for my life, as well as the promises of God for me.

Throughout each daily reading, I learn more and more about the heart of God. I have felt emboldened and encouraged to continue to serve in a ministry of hope, relief, and grace to those who are in need. I believe that God calls all of us to serve in this way, wherever it might be.

 Psalms 72:12-14 gives such a clear concept of the heart of God. Read these verses again and hear how God is calling you and every believer into a world of need…not the security of our walled-off worlds. If God sees the weak, needy, poor and oppressed as precious, then so should we. Instead of avoiding contact with any person, we should educate ourselves and become involved in their lives to be the helpers that God would have us be. No separation. No walls. No barriers. When one is in need, oppressed, poor, weak or the subject of violence, then this is the one to whom we should go.

 I am often asked why I do what I do. It is not financially profitable. It is dangerous. It can be dirty and lacking basic necessities. It is exhausting. It is challenging. It is simply, hard. So why do I do this work? Because I am called to serve where there is a need. You are, too. Maybe not overseas, but there are plenty of needs around you here, where you are being called.

 The final blessing of the Morning Prayer says this, and is my wish for you:

 May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you wherever he may send you.

May he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm.

May he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you;

May he bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.