Looking at his disciples, he said: Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets. Luke 6:2023
A GROUP from my church traveled to Atlanta to work with Pastor Kurt Salerno and the Church on the Street. The people we encountered slept in alleys, scrounged for food, and wore the same clothing month after month. The heartbreaking circumstances that brought them to the street had left many of them in a cloud of despair.
One of our jobs at a womens shelter was to sort through clothing donations. It was touching to watch women from our group select outfits that would look nice on our customers. What does it take to affirm someones dignity? In some cases it may take something as simple as a nice outfit for a job interview, an armload of free clothing, and a kind word. In reaching out with Gods love to those who had no home, our church women felt more blessed to be at home in the family of God.
O Lord, show us how to touch others with your divine love, even by sharing simple things like an article of clothing or a cup of cold water.
-Sally Ferguson is a writer living in Jamestown, New York.