The Fall of The “Glove Cities”

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

Most people have never heard of Gloversville, New York. This town, as well as Johnstown, was once the “glove-making capital of the world”. During World War II, almost all of the black leather gloves worn by the American soldiers were made in these two cities dubbed “Glove Cities”. After time, the companies went out of business in New York and moved to other countries for lower wages. 

We can drive around almost any city in the United States and see an abandoned factory, mill, or store that has gone out of business. There is so much history in some of these “eye-soars” across the country, but we barely notice them. Do you sometimes feel like a “shut down factory”? Maybe you once thrived, but now feel abandoned and ignored? Or maybe if you are a child,  you know an elderly man/woman or widow that may feel as if they are no longer needed? 

The Bible tells us to visit the orphans and the widows. We need to write them letters, encourage them to visit our church, and to pray for them. We may not have the money to donate to orphanages, or may not have the time to visit nursing homes, but we can pray for those God has introduced in our lives. Don’t delay doing what God lays on your heart.

1.) Do you know any widows or orphans?

2.) What can you do this week to reach out to them?

3.) Ask God today to lay someone on your heart to reach them for Christ.

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