Sunday, 1 November 2015
A simple prayer request led me into an awesome ministry involving young adults who love children. At Acorn Community, volunteers labor in love to empower children to reach their greatest designed potential. Yes, we believe that great oaks will grow from little acorns.
I was deeply touched when I first visited Shine Kids Club (of Acorn Community) at Mercy Centre in 2012. I saw love in action!
Song: Help Somebody (Words and Music by Andy Park)
All around the town; People sinking down; Into the shifting sand; Can’t climb up to higher ground; Unless they get a helping hand; Looking for a way; To live another day; To find some peace of mind; Tired and confused, hurt and abused; And they’re falling behind;
Help somebody; Help someone; Everybody can help someone;
Take the time to stop; Walk around the block; Listen for the voice inside; Open up your heart; Open up your hands; Take your faith for a ride;
Use your prayers to make a change; To ease somebody else’s pain; Give big bucks, give small change; Give watcha got and you’ll never be the same; Use your creativity to set somebody’s spirit free; Show your faith by your deeds; ‘cause this ain’t some vain philosophy; Help someone;
Share a little love, share a little joy; To change the life of one small boy; Use the passion of your soul; To help him reach his goal;
Max Lucado (The Applause of Heaven): The night was ordinary no more. The angel came in the night because that is when lights are best seen and that is when they are most needed. God comes into the common for the same reason. His most powerful tools are the simplest.
Meditating on Lucado’s words, I can imagine what it is like when we help someone in his or her darkest moment …
Dear Father God,
You raised Your Son Jesus Christ in the little town of Nazareth, teaching Him a ‘simple’ skill that requires precision and patience. I ‘see’ Your beautiful nature – making each creation beautiful in its time.
O Father God, give us Your heart of compassion for the poor and homeless, weak and helpless, sick and hopeless. Teach us how to help someone in need.
Jesus said, “The Spirit of the LORD is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
O Father God, anoint us to preach good news to the poor. Send us to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
In Jesus’ beautiful and wonderful, glorious and matchless name, I pray.
Lam Yee Ling