“learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
In preparation for a family history quest in Vermont, I reviewed a travel guide book. Of particular interest were notations for the town of Bennington, which my ancestors helped settle back in the 1700s. Outside the Old First Church in Bennington is the burial site of the poet Robert Frost. The travel guide encouraged visitors to not only look for the Frost gravesite but to “look for the wondrously carved early tombstones (some with urns and skulls) of the voiceless and forgotten.”
Are those interred in the cemetery truly “the voiceless and forgotten?” Certainly not my ancestors and certainly not those sought by their descendants.
Those who are genuinely voiceless and forgotten are those whom society does not see – refugees of war and natural disaster; victims of rape and incest; the poor, the aging, the mentally challenged. Who speaks for these people? How can their plight be highlighted rather than marginalized?
Prayer: God of compassion, cleanse me from indifference to the needs of those who are forgotten. Help me to be their voice in securing justice. In the name of your Son, our Savior, and Brother, Jesus Christ. Amen
Deaconess Eva Schindhelm, Mukwonago, WI