Week 42 Thursday

The Sound of Grace

Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 31

Key verses: Proverbs 31:8

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”

It might not always be popular or politically “correct”.

It might not be what the majority wants to hear.

It might even cause you to be on somebody’s “list”.

But, according to Scripture, it’s pretty clear.

Sometimes – it’s just the right thing to do, period.

What am I talking about?

Speaking up for those who can’t speak up for themselves:

  • Children who are being neglected or abused
  • Women who are being exploited
  • Men who just can’t seem to “get a break” in life
  • Elderly men and women who are so easily forgotten
  • Any, of any age, who don’t “fit in” for one reason or another

Technically, they may or may not be considered “destitute” – but they are the ones who need someone, anyone, to stand up for them and give them voice.

They are the ones who need us to speak up for what is right; what is fair; what is loving; what is simply the clear and decent thing to do.

Speak up.  Somebody has to do it.

Prayer: Lord, give me a strong voice to speak up for those who have been silenced.  Let me be the sound of grace.  AMEN.


By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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