Mother Teresa of India, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, has been quoted as saying, “The biggest disease affecting our world today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody.”
She has said, “The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity and terrible indifference towards one’s neighbour who lives at the roadside, assaulted by exploitation, corruption, poverty and disease.”
God is not a figment of the Christian imagination and He doesn’t restrict His activities to just supporting people like Mother Teresa.
In reaching out to those around us who hurt and are in need, we are reaching out to God Himself. In holding the hands of those less fortunate than ourselves, we are, in reality, holding the hand of God. These people are His creation. He holds them, like us, in the palm of his hand.
For the Good Book tells us that whenever we do these things for our brothers and sisters we are doing them for God.
It seems that contrary to public opinion, God does not just live in our church buildings, but through His Spirit, He lives in each one of our hearts.
To find Him within ourselves, maybe we first have to recognise Him in others.
I’m Peter Mack and that’s faith.