God Forsaken

Over that last few years, I have heard stressed urban communities like Original Aurora, Colorado described as “God forsaken”. Just recently I’ve been reminded of the truth. Those places may be church forsaken, they may be government forsaken, they may be opportunity forsaken… but they are not God forsaken. I guess I know why people might feel that way: compared to neighboring communities unemployment is higher, graduation rates are lower, crime is higher, poverty is more pronounced. But those facts don’t prove God’s disinterest in the community but rather show God’s careful and focused attention. Remember that the Bible says “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless (Psalm 10:14). 

What an honor it is to have the call and opportunity to partner with God in a place that has His careful attention. It may be a place that has been forsaken by some – but don’t put God into that category, it simply is not true.

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4 Responses to God Forsaken

  1. Greg says:

    I agree. God cares about those in need and it is the job of those that are blessed to reach down and help our brothers and sisters in need.

  2. Chris Conrad says:

    Reid,

    Super excited about the way God is working in your life to launch out in this venture. I deeply believe in you!!!

    Chris

  3. Lee Ann Chupp says:

    Having returned to the classroom (in Newark, NJ!), I have been impressed all year that the problem isn’t something the schools or the government or some organization can solve. It is a spiritual problem. To misquote an often misattributed quote, there is a God-sized vacuum in the inner city (at least Newark). God is what is needed there. Not more funding or programs. God. You are right – God does not forsake us, any of us. We will be praying for you and Joy. I wish we could be there to be a part of it.

  4. Wayne Mueller says:

    Thank you Reid, for your visit to our District on Monday and for this information related to your ‘Call’ to this community of people.

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