Today is “National I Care About You Day, according to the calendar of unusual and little known holidays.
Appropriately this day falls on a Sunday this year. And we’re reminded we gather to worship our God who cares.
The Old Testament prophet affirms “The Lord of hosts cares for his flock (Zech 10:3). And the New Testament encourages us to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (I Pet. 5:7).
God came in the flesh, in the person of Jesus, to demonstrate Divine care and compassion. He healed the sick. Touched lepers. Restored sight to the blind. Made the lame to walk. Reached out to the lowly, disenfranchised, and marginalized of society. And received sinners.
The hymnist reminds us that Jesus cares “when my heart is pained.” He cares “as the burdens press and the cares distress.” He cares when your way “grows weary and long.” He cares when your “heart is touched with grief.” He cares when your “days are weary, (and) the long nights dreary.” He cares when you “failed to resist some temptation strong.” And He cares when your “tears flow all the night long.”
Because Jesus cares, I should care too. Because I wear His name. Seek to be like Him. And share a commonality of faith with my brothers and sisters. Unity in the Church-Family requires,” the members should have the same care for one another” (1 Cor 12:25)
Today we’re reminded that “Humans are wired for relationships. We thrive when we’re connected and feel lonely (or worse) when we’re disconnected. No amount of money can make your emotional pain heal. But friends (and brethren) can. Or at least they can help.”
Today, we humbly come to the throne of a caring God. Bring Him your broken heart. Your fears. Your hurts. Your sins. And your hopes for a better tomorrow.
Reach out emotionally and spiritually to show care for your brothers and sisters. Almost everyone carries some load of care. Some emotional hurt. Some relational wound. Some nagging problem.
Look for ways today to show godly care. The advice columnist Ann Landers was right when she wrote, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman