27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
God is soooo smart...He created us....so He knows what to talk to us about and what to put in His word. I was reminded yesterday of this verse, because my hubby spoke it at a funeral yesterday, and he was telling folks, we have a widow that we must visit, and if we want to be "religious" than we need to hold her up, and visit her. Well, I learned WHY God said to visit them...once you visit them...an orphan or a widow, it takes away that word or label, and they become a person with a name, a face, and with needs. So when He told us to do this, it was to change our hearts, and when you think of the staggering number of 163 million orphans in the world it seems outrageous and you feel helpless....and then you VISIT them, and they have a name, and they need a family....and for us her name is Esther, and her face is beautiful, and she needs a family!!!