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Should we help the widow?

'You have Christ in your neighbor. You ought to serve him.'

A member of our congregation died of cancer, leaving a wife, two preschoolers and no life insurance. The community aided the family as he was dying--baby-sitting, cooking, yard work. Now the church has set up a fund to help the widow and children. Some opposed this, arguing the family should have planned better and the church shouldn't bail them out. What about this?

Thank God for the community's love and the congregation's compassion. As James writes: "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress" (1:27).

Where's the Psalms?

Why aren't all the psalms included in the Lutheran Book of Worship?


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