Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by writer/editor Maureen Lunn.
The prophet Isaiah’s great anointment, revealed in Isaiah 61, was an announcement of glad tidings for those whose lives were, perhaps, not so joyous. Much like the words Jesus would later speak in the Beatitudes, Isaiah proclaimed good news, comfort and freedom for those in pain and struggle.
“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me;
He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted,
To bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
Release to the prisoners,
To announce a year of favor from the Lord
And a day of vindication by our God;
To comfort all who mourn …” (Isaiah 61: 1-2)
This week we celebrate World Humanitarian Day, honoring people who dedicate their lives to serving those who are afflicted, brokenhearted or held captive. Like Jesus and Isaiah, these compassionate people act out of a deep calling to help others live with dignity, respect and equality.
We see this passion in women like Carmen, an Unbound social worker who faces the gang-afflicted streets of El Salvador to serve sponsored children and their families. Carmen promotes the welfare of others through her spirit and presence, showing those in need that they are seen, known and loved amidst the daily struggles of life.
This is the work of a humanitarian, following in the footsteps of Christ. May we all find ways today and every day to help bind up the brokenhearted.
Look for Carmen’s story on the blog later this week.
God of justice, anoint each of us as you did Isaiah, that we may respond to the call to comfort those who mourn. We ask for your protection and blessings on all humanitarians who face danger in their day-to-day service, and we pray for freedom and safety for those in trouble today. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, amen.