Bishop Hope Ward leads the Mississippi Methodists. In an article in today's Jackson Clarion Ledger, she reviews David Eggar's What is the What, a story of a lost child of Sudan.
She then reminds us that the annual observance of Children's Sabbath is Oct. 17-19. Centered in faith, let us reach out to those who are living on the edge.
Here is a portion of her article:
Faith communities are invited to celebrate children and to find ways to undergird all children in Mississippi with all that is needed for fullness of life. This is a time for each of us to look beyond "our" children and embrace all children.
Heavy rains have devastated families in the Greenville area. This is a time for each of us to connect with our impacted neighbors in Washington County.
This is the season of harvest, a time to volunteer to gather food for those who are hungry. The Society of St. Andrew invites gleaners. Your effort will deliver wholesome fresh food to families in Mississippi.
Children of those detained after the Laurel Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid are left without means for shelter, food and the simple necessities of life. Your effort will make a difference in their lives.
You can add to this list places at the edge waiting for the resources of those safe and secure in the center. In this season of harvest, let us draw the resources at the center to the circumference. As we do this, God is glorified, and givers and receivers are blessed.