Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 21st, 2017
Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Speak up for the rights of all those who are poor.
Proverbs 31:8 (NIRV)
Who is it that cannot speak for themselves? You can choose to be their voice. You can take up their cause. You can champion their rights. The news is full of the many places in our world where we need to apply this. The rights of the unborn are being ignored. Children are being abused. Young women are being trafficked. The Lord will show us how to use our voice. When we speak we can make a difference.
There are many words that are uniquely Canadian and we use them often – words like housecoat, brown bread, chocolate bar and keener. The spelling of our words fits somewhere between British and American English. Back in 2004, the Oxford Dictionary company published the last edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Since then, there has been no official Canadian dictionary published. The Canadian Oxford was the last of the country’s research-driven print dictionaries. Its disappearance left a vacuum that has proved hard to fill.
Canadians speak Canadian English without even thinking about it. It is as natural as breathing. But without a dictionary, it is easy to lose some of what makes us unique. The Bible speaks about the role that Christians have to speak up on behalf of those who are the least in our society. They too are easily lost. King Solomon wrote this in Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Speak up for the rights of all those who are poor.” God has a special place in his heart for the poor. When He set down the law, He established a tithe of every crop for the gleaners – the poor and foreigners who couldn’t afford enough food to feed themselves. Modern Israel still keeps this law – in order for fruits and vegetables to be considered kosher they must be grown in a field that leaves a tenth of the crops around the edges of the field for gleaners. Those of us who are wealthy are called to speak up on behalf of those who are poor – they are usually the voiceless in society. How can speak up on their behalf today?
These have been words from the heart.