Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 12th, 2019
“You are welcome at my house,” the old man said. “Let me supply whatever you need. Only don’t spend the night in the square.”
Judges 19:20 (NIV)
A Sin-sick World
Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, or simply Sick Kids, is Canada’s largest Children’s Hospital. It opened its doors way back in the spring of 1875. A group of Toronto women led by Elizabeth McMaster rented an 11-room house in downtown Toronto for $320 a year, set up six iron cots and declared open a hospital “for the admission and treatment of all sick children.” On April 3, 1875, Maggie, a scalding victim, became Sick Kids very first patient.
We look at our world today and sometimes wonder if there was ever a time in the history of the world when things were worse. The Bible never sugar coats life, and in the book of Judges there is a horrific story that is challenging for us to read on the best of days. Judges 19:20 says this: “’You are welcome at my house,” the old man said. “Let me supply whatever you need. Only don’t spend the night in the square.’” On the surface, it looks like this is a simple act of hospitality, which it is. We learn as the story unfolds, however, that the host was actually trying to protect his guest from the violence and lawlessness that marked Israel in those days. I encourage you to read “the rest of the story” to grasp just how perverse Israel had become. In a day when the world is rushing headlong into acceptance of sin and depravity, we are called to be like this host, offering a place of peace and protection in Jesus’ name. We are called to love others and to offer refuge from the pain and harm that is so common in this world.
These have been words from the heart.