Faith Friday: Marian Wright Edelman

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17 NKJV)

Such a befitting scripture for someone like Marian Wright Edelman.  She exudes faith in action, and her very mission in life is constantly being fulfilled every time she advocates for children and families.  According to Wikipedia, Marion Wright Edelman is a Black American activist that was not only involved in the Civil Rights Movement, but the founder of the Children Defense Fund for poor children, children of color, and children with disabilities.  She studied law too and subsequently earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1963.  Edelman became the first Black woman to be admitted to the Mississippi State Bar.

“Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.” –Marian Wright Edelman

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10 NIV)

And that is what Edelman does, she lends her self to serving others with the gifts God has placed in her, and she puts her faith in action.  I know this Faith Friday post does not detail a miracle per say but Edelman has presented miracles of hope and justice to those she has served and advocated for for many years.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to serve!  Allow God to use you to present a miracle of hope and justice to someone else.  Allow God to give you the grace to meet someone’s needs and to put your faith into action.  

Please watch this video of Edelman speaking on child poverty:


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