"The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath." (Ps. 110:5)
The only beneficial thing that came out of a Presbytery meeting I had today was an Outreach report on Zimbabwe. Because of the scourge of the ongoing AIDS epidemic in Africa, there are over one million orphaned, homeless children in a country with a total population of 13 million people. Approximately 74% of those children are affected by the AIDS virus.
The majority of these poor orphans live in the largest city, Harare. The children wander the street, living in parks, alleys, even in drainage pipes. Amidst the despair and brutality, the Lord's "right hand" is present. The hope is in the form of a place called Lovemore Home. The Presbyterian outreach mission cares for approximately a dozen boys at a time. Each one has been abused emotionally, physically, and sexually while on the street. But, at Lovemore Home, they find safety, protection, security and a Christlike love. They are able to stay until they become adults.
When I hear about the political and financial corruption that creates societies where children are victimized without consequence, I understand the need for divine hope in our world. It is easy to become cynical when so much of the world is either corrupt or desires the bliss which comes with ignorance.
Today, pray for the least among us, the orphan children of Zimbabwe. Picture the reality of their parents dying of AIDS, and amidst their mourning and confusion, they are cast into the street to starve and far worse. Call on Gods "right hand" to reach out and give them comfort and hope. Offer prayers of strength for the missionaries like those at Lovemore Home, who give their lives in faith, so the least of those can get a glimmer of divine hope in their lives. Then conclude your prayer, asking God to guide you in finding ways to make a difference in this often pain-filled world.