Wednesday, April 18, 2007

"Home"less no longer...


I'm back home. I got in Sunday and it feels great. I got huge hugs from my girls, some wonderful kisses from my wife and some wonderful home cookin'. I took a hot shower, slept on a comfortable bed and woke up to some snuggling little girls. Wow... What a reversal to the situations I witnessed just a few short days ago. Men sleeping on the concrete, women pushing around their shopping carts of belongings and little kids watching ambulances and police cars and listening to sirens. My trip to San Francisco to work with the Center for Student Missions was such a great trip. It was amazing to have exposure to the inner city, to experience poverty and homelessness firsthand. I came away thankful for my parents, my education and primarily my relationship with God. I think above all I was enlightened as to my and all Christians responsibility to love, serve and help the poor...

Jeremiah 22:16 (NIV)
He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?"
declares the Lord.

This verse especially really rocked my world. Throughout the Bible, it is clear that we are called to serve the poor. To know God is defend the cause of the poor and needy.

I think I used to think it was a calling... I am not called to work with poor. According to this and so many other verses, the poor and needy are the heartbeat of God. And, I haven't found any verses that say that this excludes poor people who are lazy, addicted to drugs or bent on making bad decisions.

During my second day there, I met a homeless lady named Loretta. We had a short 5 minute conversation while on a bus. She told me, I just wish I could have a house with a kitchen. I was so moved by her simple plea, I said, "Loretta, I will pray for you everyday for the next 30 days." I have prayed for her every day, and also for Clay and Willie.

I think we have a calling to do what Jesus came to do...

Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
[19] to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

A good week... Thanks for your prayers!

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