Ain’t Gonna Hide No More Review #5 – Another Day In Paradise

Ain't Gonna Hide No MoreI had already written a piece on this song.

Not much else to say.  Yet I want to say it again.  I am overwhelmed lately with James 1:27….

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world

I would love to spend some time on the second part of this passage, “to keep oneself unspotted from the world”, another time.  For now, let’s talk about “widows and orphans”.  About looking after them in their distress, as another translation says.

Widows and orphans are historically the forgotten ones.  The ones nobody has time for.  Ever read the book Oliver Twist (Or see the movie)?  Or even Annie?  You see these outcast children, who really did nothing to deserve their fate.  And Carol Brunette seems so gravely inconvenienced by these wretched kids…..  But I digress….

So – I’ve had that verse on my heart, with regards to not just homeless people, but also for anyone who is case aside.  Gravely ill people.  Addicts.  Depressed people.  Wallflowers.  Loners.  Losers.  Nerds.  Geeks.  You.  Me.

In some way, we are being, or have been, case aside.  Or we’ve tried to “fit in”, so we won’t be cast aside.  I want to change that.  I know I won’t change the way society thinks – and I’m not interested in taking on something as large as that.  I’m also not interested in “fixing anyone”.  That is not my area of expertise, and I’d likely cause more harm than good in trying.  But what I CAN do, is make just one person feel like they matter to someone, for even a moment.  And who knows – maybe they will see Christ in that moment, or God will use that planted seed in their life.  HE is the only one who can truly “fix” them anyway.

I will confess, I fail at this ALL THE TIME.  I don’t call my mother enough.  I get very impatient with my wife when she asks for things, where I would do them in a second for a total stranger.  I am a hypocrite.  Likely you are too.

But I ain’t gonna let that hold me down.  I must get up, dust off, apologize to my mother, my wife, my kids, whomever else I wronged, and move on.

Widows and orphans.  Who are the widows and orphans in your life?  How can you look after them in their distress, today?