In conversations we hold regularly with social workers in charge of helping poor elderly, we hear that the real number of elderly in need is actually much higher than the official statistics. For example, there are thousands more people with an income that is higher than the poverty line but with much greater expenses due to illness, the need for expensive medication, house care, etc.
As a result, there are thousands of cases of elderly living in dire poverty but not included in the official statistics since they are technically above the poverty line. In my work, over the past years I have seen hundreds of examples of people who were forced to give up buying food,…
As the government shutdown continues, it is a good time to remember that our trust is in Someone far more powerful than elected and appointed officials. In this time of uncertainty, let us praise our trustworthy, ever-present God.
- As the U.S. government shutdown enters yet another day, pray that God will grant wisdom to members of Congress as they seek a workable compromise for the nation’s debt problems. “And he said to the human race, ‘The fear of the LORD – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding’” (Job 28:28).
- Pray for the healing of a nine-year-old Israeli girl shot by a terrorist while playing in the yard of her West Bank home – and pray for the protection of all the people of Israel. “Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge” (Proverbs 14:26).
- On the heels of Israeli…
Why do many people call for boycotts of Israel while ignoring the atrocities being committed in Algeria, Darfur, or Burma? Why is it that critics of Israel pay far more attention to Palestinian suffering than the far greater suffering of innocent people in other countries around the world? Listen to singer and songwriter Ari Lesser’s take on the double standard when it comes to Israel. Though fun and catchy, the song has an important message that should not be overlooked.
Tonight marks the end of Sukkot, a week-long holiday when Jews worldwide construct simple shelters in their backyards to remind themselves of the temporary structures the Israelites lived in during their 40 years in the desert – and how God faithfully provided for them. This holiday offers a tangible reminder that we are utterly dependent on God for everything.
Sundown marks the beginning of yet another Jewish holiday, Simchat Torah, a time to celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings. In both of these festive holidays we are reminded of God’s abundant provision and loving care for His people. Let us offer our gratitude for these amazing gifts as we also lift the following concerns to Him.
- Praise God for the gift of His Word. “The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7).
This week we will celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, also known as the Festival of Tabernacles. However, to fully understand the meaning of this holiday we have to look at where it really begins – at the conclusion of Yom Kippur, five days earlier. Moments after Jews have broken their 25-hour fast, you will hear the sound of hammering all over Israel as people begin building the little huts known as sukkot. Why can’t the building wait until the next day after we have had time to digest our meal?
Let’s examine how Yom Kippur ends. As the Day of Atonement comes to a close, the congregation recites seven times aloud: “The LORD – he is God!” These few words sum up the entire holiday season. The goal…