Yesterday was Orphan Sunday. Thousands of churches around the country dedicated their day to teaching on the importance of our caring for orphans around the world. It’s something that God takes seriously.
When our church’s second service ended and I walked toward the door I noticed a woman standing alone looking around the room. It’s likely she had been waiting on someone but the orphan theme of the day turned my mind in a different direction.
I thought about the people within our church who don’t have family living near them. People who have gone through divorce and don’t have a network of friends. The college students away from their family for the first time. There are a lot of people every Sunday who walk through a church door for the only fellowship with other people they’ll truly have for the next week.
I know Sunday is normally a day for family and I’m not saying that we shouldn’t find time for our families but Sunday can also be a day to reach out to someone who might be silently asking God at the end of each service for someone to invite them to lunch. Someone to ask them to come over and watch the football game.
This Sunday, take a moment and look around your church for the church orphans sitting alone praying for someone to invite them into their family for just a moment. Invite them to lunch. Ask them if they want to come over for the game. It doesn’t have to be an ongoing commitment but just the invitation can really raise the spirits of someone who feels like they’re alone.