Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
Isn’t that an incredible passage!? Pure religion is looking after those in distress and keeping focused on the things of God.
That’s why I’m so thrilled that Deaconess Suzanne and Pastor Warren are heading up a project that they call “Extreme Makeover to Elderly Widow’s Home.” It’s a descriptive and accurate title for the project – there’s a widow that needs “extreme” help to stay in her home of more than 50 years. It’s going on this week and I’m told it will run through the rest of the month. I pray that we at Immanuel continue to seek out ways we can help people in our community, i.e. pure religion.
Pure religion is a life of practical, sensible compassion. And that’s a life that cares for the orphan and widow. A life that is concerned for others in need. In fact this life imitates God because God is described as the “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows …” Psalm 68:5
When you are a genuine friend of the widow and orphan — that is, when you help others in need — then other things will happen in your life that strengthens your religious qualities. Your heart will always be ready to do good. Others will know they can rely on you and your word. Your life is an example for others. You are a person of integrity. You are practicing real religion.
Can you help with the “Extreme” project, visit a person in need, prepare a meal, volunteer at our school, and/or give some time and money to one of our many community efforts? Please feel free to contact me at 224-801-8336 or PastorTom@ilcp.org if you have any questions about doing so, or just want to get started! I’d love to hear from you and so would:
- Deaconess Suzanne SFingerle@ilcp.org (Extreme project, meals ministry and human care)
- Pastor Warren PastorWarren@ilcp.org
- Pastor Donald PastorDonald@ilcp.org (youth)
- Principal Delaine Schiestel (Immanuel Lutheran School)
Just something that is always on my mind…
See you in Church…and maybe at a work site!