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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020
“I’d like to dwell on one point. This is the moment to see the poor. Jesus says we will have the poor with us always, and it’s true. They are a reality we cannot deny. But the poor are hidden, because poverty is bashful. In Rome recently, in the midst of the quarantine, a policeman said to a man: “You can’t be on the street, go home.” The response was: “I have no home. I live in the street.” To discover such a large number of people who are on the margins…. And we don’t see them, because poverty is bashful. They are there but we don’t see them: they have become part of the landscape; they are things…. To “see” the poor means to restore their humanity. They are not things, not garbage; they are people.”
Devotion: written by Kathryn Hodges‘Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls.’
>>> Fatigue, true fatigue is incapacitating. One feels listless and unable to motivate to get what was usually normal done. Fatigue can be physical and it can be mental. It can be the result of medical treatment, depression or a medical condition to name a few. Often it is out of one’s immediate control. However, it is very real. Many times , combatting it is out of the question without God’s help.
>>> Knowing God is with us ALL the time gives us strength when we feel the least powerful, when change is beyond our ability to muster the energy to do what needs to be done. God’s continued presence gives us hope that we will recover from the depths of fatigue and life will very slowly return to normal.
>>> God helps us cope in a variety of ways. He speaks to us as we lie quietly exhausted. He might direct a friend, acquaintance or church member to give us an unexpected call. He might send us an inspiration about how to maximize our energy or decrease our responsibilities.
>>> Hope is the driving factor and God’s Love supports us as we struggle to have the strength to move on toward better days.
>>> Jeremiah 31:25 I will refresh the weary and all who are faint.