Pastor, worship leader, and gospel music veteran CeCe Winans has partnered with Compassion International to write a 7-day devotional series. For seven days you will read about the stoties of girls from all over the world suffering in poverty and brokenness. However, you will also read about hope redemption and hope.
Winans explains the purpose of these devotional readings, "I love the Scripture found in Hebrews 13 that commands us to "carry each other's burdens." What a powerful image. Today I'd like to invite you to join me in carrying the burdens of the world's most vulnerable - girls living in poverty. I've partnered with @compassion to create a free, seven day devotional focused on the plight of girls living in poverty and how we, as sisters in Christ, can help carry those burdens. Would you join me in this journey?"
You can sign up for the devotions here.
Here's a snippet of Day 1's devotional:
This week, we will hear the stories of girls who have experienced unspeakable things. But we can't be afraid to uncover those things and hold them to the light. Together, this week, we will seek to reveal, expose and remove. This is not a scary movie where we can cover our eyes until the monster is gone. We have to expose the monster.
Even though we can't rewrite the story for girls who have undergone horrific things, we can build something together to prevent other girls from going through them. We are equipped to unveil the trouble and still have peace. No matter how horrific, sad or disturbing it is, remember that God has already overcome it. That's the only hope you have. His love can cover it all.
This week we must be willing to get our hands dirty. We can't do this work from a distance. Jesus didn't love us from a distance, and neither can we, sweet sisters.
Here's how you can pray for her, listen to her, and speak up for her today:
PRAY FOR HER:Thank you, Father, for the people in my life who got their hands dirty for me. Reveal to me those in my circle of friends and family whom you are calling me to get my hands dirty for today.
LISTEN TO HER:Today, focus on preparing your heart. Think about what your hopes are for the week and consider jotting them down to reflect on. We also invite you to read this blog about inspirational girls from around the world - let your heart soak in the hope and the hardship in each story.
SPEAK UP FOR HER:Know someone who needs to hear the message that God is a God of LOVE? Share this devotional today!