Have you ever been so overcome you spent the day on the verge of tears and shouting praises? This is the only way I can explain yesterday as I witnessed the best of humanity. People helping people with no hidden agendas. Just love. There was no judgement. Just Love. No ‘should have.’ Just Love. No ‘if only.’ Just love. No Politics. Just love. No social media. Just love for one another.
Last Sunday, the team at “The Center” decided to leave the safety of our Sunday morning routine to knock on our neighbors door and invite them to give to the local food pantry. The idea was simple. We created a scavenger hunt for different products the food pantry needs. We go out into the neighborhood, knock on our neighbors doors and ask for their help in finding the items on the list. Each team would receive points for their efforts and bonus points for asking 2-3 basic questions. After the initial briefing,
"....The proof of their interest will be seen as they begin to initiate more meaningful conversations about their life. They'll ask you more about your life. They'll invite you deeper into their lives, the lives of their children, and you'll be invited to enter the world of their friends. These are all evidence that God is on the move in their hearts."
-Hugh Halter explaining the "Sojourner" confessing interest, not belief.
From the book "Tangible Kingdom" pg 95
Christian theologian Henri Nowen writes in his book “Here and Now”, “Real life takes place in the here and now. God is in the present.” When I read that, I began to think, why as human beings are we stuck in our past? Why do we mull over events, words, and interactions long gone by? Or worry or fixate about tomorrow? How come we busy ourselves with tasks that we think will give ourselves importance? Why? The answer is often that we are trying to distract ourselves from the present moment because the present is scary.
"The reality is this is an epidemic is sweeping across middle town USA and nobody is willing to talk about it. There is a shame some suburban parents are feeling and a hopelessness their children are experiencing because of this drug. It's time to put an end to the dirty deadly secret called Heroin and Opoiod addiction."