“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart,
this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God,
the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
~James 1:26-27

As I do most mornings, I walked my dog and prayed for guidance for the coming day and for the words to write and share. As I was turning the last corner in my walk, I spied a cardboard sign on the ground. It had blown out of a trashcan during the storm last night. I read it’s message and smiled. There before me was today’s message!

No matter if you were for or against the woman’s march on Saturday, the message on the homemade sign that I assume someone carried in the march rings true. “Defending the marginalized among us is defending us all.” It reminded me of a passage in 1 John: “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:11).

How might you share God’s love in deed and in truth today? How can you help the downtrodden, the sick, the suffering today? How can you keep yourself unstained from the world and all if it’s shiny distractions? That is the true religion, for it is love. And that’s what God is—love (1 John 4:8). How can we all love more today?

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