Justice, Joy, and Generosity

A few weeks ago, I found myself crying at my desk. I realize it’s not the most “professional” response, but I just couldn’t help myself. When it comes to the ministry of CURE, my heart is crazy tender. It’s not unusual to find me shedding tears of joy over the story of a patient or cheering on a video of a kid walking for the first time. What was unusual was the catalyst for my waterworks.

Least of These

This May, NorthEast Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, partnered with CURE and started a series called “Least of These.” The pastors of NorthEast Christian Church addressed questions like:

  • What impresses God?
  • What does the Bible say about ignoring the vulnerable?
  • How do we pursue justice?

And I cried. I mean, y’all… I fought the ugly tears, the ones that make your face red and swell your eye sockets for the rest of the day.

I cried for our patients, for the injustices and abuses they have to face.

I cried for the ways that I’ve failed to pursue justice in my own life.

I cried tears of joy over the generosity of this church for opening their hearts to the ministry of CURE.

We serve a God who gives justice to the poor and to the orphan; who upholds the rights of the oppressed (Psalm 82:3), who proclaims freedom for the captives, and comforts all who mourn (Isaiah 61:2). He is a shelter, a refuge, a fortress to His children (Psalm 91:2). This Great Protector, Judge, and Father is fighting for you, for our patients and their families, for your church and community, and we have the distinct honor of joining Him in this great mission.

The series can be summed up in this quote by worship leader Todd Ballard.

When we step out in faith, God takes our very simple and our very ordinary and our very small gifts and He makes them miracles. It’s where the beauty and the mystery of God comes alive.

I would encourage you to take some time to listen to the whole series and investigate what it means to live a life of justice. How can you step out in faith in a simple way today?

Week 1:

Week 2:

Week 3:

I’m honored and humbled to work with churches like NorthEast Christian Church. If you’re interested in your church partnering with CURE to fight for justice, healing, and hope contact me at lee@cure.org or check out cure.org/church to learn more.


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About the Author:

Lee Lawrence is the Church Engagement Coordinator for CURE. She previously served in CURE's Global Outreach office.

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