Isaiah 58 is a detailed portion of scripture about the true nature of fasting and humility in seeking God…but there are three sections that moved me, made me question how I was truly engaging the suffering and hurting in this world. This is the first.
58:7-8 says, “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,to bring the poor and homeless into your house, to clothe the naked when you see him,and to not ignore your own flesh and blood? Then your light will appear like the dawn……”
The it referred to in this passage is fasting, but I think if we look closely we can stretch this across our very existence. Do we not exist for those reason’s? To see, as much as possible, that no one hungers unnecessarily, or exist without shelter, clean clothing. Is this not a part of life that brings meaning? Or, will we ignore our own flesh and blood? Flesh and blood being all humanity, because we are all human.
This was an indictment to me to do more…be more…for those who, for whatever reason, have lost the ability to function in this society… in this world. In this our light truly shines.