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Stigmata

April 5, 2015

“St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata” by Jan van Eyck (1430-1432), Philadelphia Museum of Art

On this Easter morning, I would like to share with you another message from Peter Hileman, Esq., Executive Director of Christian Clinics of Philadelphia.  You can find more information about Christian legal aid under that heading, above.

“I feel moved to give you a report, and am tearing up as I write this. I’m feeling the pain of the clients I met with last night. Their life is so hard. Most have suffered so much loss and grief and bear heavy burdens…

[One] man whose will I’m going to write is…unemployed, has no wife, or children, or house or car…He had no discernible assets yet wanted to leave…[donations] to three charities and his…[few belongings] to a friend…I told him I would write his will as if he had a million dollars.

…I asked him if he had ever been to church. He had, as a child, but had been burned by Christians many times.

I asked him if he was willing to give Jesus a second chance and told him the difference Jesus had made in my life, and that I just tried to follow him. Easy for me to say, I thought. My words seemed so ineffective and I prayed :  ‘Lord, help me here.’ It helped that many of you had told me you were praying…

I thought I was getting nowhere and yet, I find out…[that he completed] our new follow-up card asking that someone contact him about spiritual matters or church.

So who knows, maybe our conversation was a turning point for him. In [CLCP’s] new video, our voice over…says:  ‘Only those who have hope, can offer help to those who are stricken’…”

We Christians talk often about God placing a “burden” on our hearts for one purpose or another. That term is overused, but it is the right one. God has a burden on His heart for the poor and broken. We should, as well.

I am reminded of the stigmata St. Francis of Assisi received – wounds on the hands, feet, and side mirroring the crucifixion wounds of Christ.

As our hearts more closely mirror God’s, our pain at the pain of others will deepen.  When it becomes unbearable, we can always lay it at the foot of the cross.

Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble” (Ps. 41: 1).

Father, as we celebrate the Resurrection of Your Son, Jesus, place a burden on our hearts for the poor and forgotten. Remind us that He died for them, also.

Give us Your heart that we may do Your work, in this broken world.

We ask this in Jesus’ Name.

Amen

Please, pray for Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia http://www.clcphila.org, the clients it serves, and Pete, himself.  Donations to the clinic are always welcome.

HAPPY EASTER!

READERS CAN FIND MY VIEWS ON ABUSE AND ABUSE-RELATED ISSUES AT ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse  https://avoicereclaimed.com

9 Comments
  1. Happy Easter Anna!

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    amen – it’s being the hands and feet of Jesus!

  3. Anna, you wrote, “Father, as we celebrate the Resurrection of Your Son, Jesus, place a burden on our hearts for the poor and forgotten. Remind us that He died for them, also.” It is interesting who Jesus sent the disciple out to with the gospel message, the forgotten demographic…

    “Go and show John again those things which you do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”

    Yes, Anna, for the most part among the churches and ministries in America, THIS part of “the Great Commission” has been ignored as they target the wealthy areas of our cities and build their maga-churches. What a sham.

    I thank the Lord for Him putting His heart in you, dear sister. You are in my prayers.

    Michael

  4. Happy Resurrection Day to you, dear Anna! 🙂

    And amen to your prayer.

    Be blessed by God immensely in the future, my dear sister.

    Much love,
    Susanne

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