Day after day Amy Jo came home from school crying. Her classmates were unkind and hurtful. They made fun of her uncontrolled movements, her limping, twisting and drooling. She could hardly sit or stand still without jerking.
One day she wrote a letter to an editor. In it she wrote: “I have a problem in school. Kids laugh at me because of the way I walk and talk. I have cerebral palsy. I just want one day when no one laughs at me and makes fun of me.”
First one paper carried her story, and then another. Eventually it was carried by many newspapers and she received an astounding number of letters that brought her hope, comfort and encouragement.
Many people have broken hearts not because of mental or physical disabilities. Their hearts ache and their shoulders droop because they are left out, feel unwelcome or unacceptable - even in our churches.
Jesus said that loving one’s neighbor was the second most important commandment and Paul said it was more important than any spiritual gift. Love is not a word; it is a way of life - the Christ-filled life.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to seek out the lonely, the abandoned and the neglected and give them Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7