Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
- Luke 4:16-19
The poor, the prisoners, the bride and the oppressed were big fans of Jesus. What he had to say to them sounded a lot like good news - freedom and sight and favor. Let's pause and rejoice with those who so freely and naturally experience Jesus as good news.
Today, spend a few moments praying for the 100 kids attending City Church's Kids Camp - a majority of whom live under the poverty level (statistically speaking, as determined by the % of kids at Lafayette who qualify for free lunch) and many of whom have significant struggles at home. Pray that they'd experience Kids Camp and Jesus as good news today.
Also pause and pray for the over 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border, and are scared, alone, and vulnerable. Pray that Jesus's love would break through this horrible situation for them and bring hope, freedom, and light.