I have just found the best verse in the whole Bible. I have no idea how I missed it before since it is in a book I have read several times. I was researching 'The Bible and child rights' for World Vision and I went to the verses I knew in Proverbs about '..speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves..' and was about to hang a sermon outline on that when I saw it.
I saw it. Lights went on. Gongs sounded. The holy angels manifested themselves in my study (that's not so tricky but demanifesting; now there's an art). The landlords of the six public houses within 400 yards of my front door let out a whoop of industrial-strength empathy.
Read it. Don't trust me. Read it. Proverbs 31:6
'Give beer to those who are perishing,
wine to those who are in anguish;
let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.'
I have spent most of this week drinking with those who needed comfort. Now I know that what I have been doing all my life (since age 18) intuitively is thoroughly biblical.
Pint? The London Pride at the Somerville is exceptionally good this week. It is a place people go to drink and talk.