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Isaiah 1:13a & 16a & 17

“Bring no more vain offerings; … wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; … learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

Some days just feel like throwaway days, don’t they? Today, I’m sitting in my room, sick with some virus my son picked up at church, and I can’t go out anywhere, can’t work in the garage, and can’t even really help my wife with the kids. But as I reflect on God’s words here through the prophet Isaiah, it strikes me that my day can still be rich in meaning—even if I end up spending most of it in this room. How? Because I can pray for the oppressed by name, I can devote time interceding for pastors and governors and missionaries who are currently in the trenches of opposition, I can get on my computer to support a mission’s organization to orphans and refugees, I can write a note of encouragement to a widow in my church or neighborhood, and I can plead the cause of my brothers and sisters from this very chair.

So friend, bring an offering that reaches far beyond your own four walls today. Show your love for the Lord by loving your neighbors as yourself.