I will rescue the lame; I will gather the exiles. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they have suffered shame. (Zeph. 3:19)
The self-contained class of students with special needs entered my art classroom with a mixture of trepidation and hope. One of these special students had commendable art ability. Yet, a girl from the group of other students in my class came up to me and said loudly, “Why do those students have to be in our class?”
I saw the hurt faces of the students with special needs, as I responded to this judgmental statement, “They have just as much right to be here as you do.” Hurt faces gratefully turned to smiles.
Over the centuries, the Jewish people have suffered exile and cruel anti-Semitic treatment. Other groups of people are marginalized, abused, and murdered by deceived human beings too. However, Luke 4:18 states that Jesus came “to proclaim good news to the poor . . . to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Although cruelty still exists, we don’t have to react to it with sorrow. Instead, we can have joyful confidence in Christ’s victory on the cross and our adoption into his family.
Put your hope in Jesus, no matter what situation you are in. God rescues his people, which includes all believers. Don’t let other people or society define who you are. If you trust in and follow Jesus, you are a child of God.
Believe and hope in Jesus; his compassion never fails.
Dale Witowski is a lay pastor, sanctuary steward, missions’ director, and Sunday school teacher at Horseheads Community Wesleyan Church (NY). She is also an artist and a poet.
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