“I, the the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42:6-7, NIV)
I pray you would give me a heart for those on the roadside. For those, who, for whatever reason, are not in the mainstream of life. For those who lie crumpled and cast aside. For those who are forgotten and ignored. For those who are in some way blinded to the fullness of life.
Help me not to turn a deaf ear when they call out. Help me to stop, regardless of what the crowd may say.
Help me to give them my undivided attention. Help me to give myself to them as you did – to show mercy, to do what I can.
And though I may not be able to loose them from their chains or free them from their separate prisons,
help me to visit faithfully so they may know that someone cares;
help me to bring a meal so they may be nourished;
help me to say a kind word so they may be encouraged;
help me to give a gentle touch so they may be comforted;
help me to provide a blanket so they may have a soft place to lay their heads;
help me to lend a listening ear so their stories may be heard.
Help me whenever, wherever, and however I can to bring light to someone who sits in darkness. And though I may not be able to bring sight to their eyes, enable me to chase away a few shadows so their lives may be a little brighter.
(from “Moments With The Savior”, by Ken Gire, page272-273)