Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those who are perishing. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.  Proverbs 31:8-9

     Andrew Bridge is on a mission to fix a system he barely survived. He says, “I work on behalf of frightened foster kids because I used to be one.” At the age of seven he was taken from the care of his mother who struggled with mental illness. After being put in a facility called MacLaren Hall, he spent eleven years in a foster home that kept a roof over his head but provided no emotional support or encouragement. The haven in his life was school where a few standout teachers through the years provided the affirmation he needed. After college, he went to Harvard Law School and became a lawyer. He works in New York where he advocates for foster children. He is in contact with his mother who remains in a mental health facility. He is an example of someone who, through years of pain, always held on to hope. Ironically, that is his mother’s name.

     Is there anyone that you advocate for, that you come alongside of, or that you work on behalf of? We spend a lot of time and energy protecting our own rights and speaking up on behalf of ourselves, but what about other people in the world? Maybe your energy could be better spent seeking to help others, rather than always fighting to get what you want.

     The other day I talked to a young successful career woman who would love to be married, but God hasn’t worked that out in her life at this point. She asked me how to wait well. After talking a bit about that, I said, “Maybe instead of just waiting and praying that you will have what you desire, you could ask God what you are to do in the meantime. You have a lot of resources that you could be using for others.” She said she would pray for God to show her how this season of her life could be fruitful, even as she waited. Thomas Merton wrote:

Ask me not where I live

Or what I like to eat…

Ask me what I am living for

And what I think is keeping me

From living fully for that.

*Who are you to speak on behalf of or walk alongside of? Who may need your help and encouragement?

God, help me not to be so self-absorbed. Help me not to resent the parts of my life that are/were painful. Maybe you want to use those parts to move me toward a position of advocating for those who are experiencing that same pain. Direct my steps to Your place for me. I am listening and watching. Amen.

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