Words from the Heart for Thursday March 14th, 2019
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world.
1 Samuel 2:8 (NIV)
Raised from the Dust
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Canada and the third largest in North America. Founded in 1854 in Montreal, this 343 acre cemetery more than 55 kilometres of lanes and one million people interred. It contains more than 65,000 monuments and 71 family vaults. Due to its vast size, locating a specific grave can be difficult. As a result, the cemetery now offers a computerized mapping service that allows visitors to quickly and accurately locate graves. It can be accessed at the cemetery using a touch screen display or via the Internet.
The Lord Jesus has a special place in His heart for the poor and disenfranchised. While the world often looks down on those who are considered the least in society—and in some places they have been locked into poverty for generations—the Bible teaches that the Lord honours the poor and elevates them from their poverty. 1 Samuel 2:8 says, “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world.” If we are true followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to serve the least in our society. Christians ought to be the gold standard in not only meeting the needs of those who are in need, but working to alleviate poverty. We are the hands and feet of Jesus to raise the poor from the dust and lift the needy from the ash heap. I suggest we start locally. What kinds of Christian ministries are there in your community that you can come alongside and assist?
These have been words from the heart.