It’s everywhere I look today. The media are splashing details all about. My Facebook page is filled with comments. Everyone around me is talking about it. My newspaper has numerous articles surrounding all aspects of the trial. The sad tragedy of Caylee Anthony tugs at our heart-strings, and stirs a sense of realization at the pain, suffering and injustice that children must walk through in this world.
Sadly, the fact is Caylee is not the only one.
There are millions of children all around us in pain. They carry burdens that are far too heavy for the strongest of us. They suffer physical, emotional, and verbal abuse. They are alone. Neglected. Cold. Starving. Hurting. Some are only just down your street. Some are across the ocean.
Let us not be stirred to only use our words. Caylee has left this harsh world… but many, many more remain. How can we help? What can we do? Is there even one that we could assist in easing their pain? Look around you. Ask God how you can be His hands and feet to show a young heart the way to relief, and to share with them the hope of eternal joy.
‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:35-46
Some ideas for a few places to contact. Find out how you can get involved to help: (If you have a recommended place to share, please add to list…)