Whatever you do to the least of these...

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 ~

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of
childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves,
who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly
for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all.
Who hopes for what he already has?

~ Romans 8:22-24 ~

Without suffering, what is pleasure? Without orphans and poverty and war and disease, would we have any awareness of what we possess? Would we understand what it means to be adopted from a fallen state of sin into a blameless life of glory? I am thanking God tonight for food - plenty of it! - a large house, clothes on my back, kisses and hugs from people I love, stimulating conversation. And figuring out how to leverage what I've been given to help and love and dignify others maximally. Thank God I have something to share.