by Kelly Robinson April 03, 2018 3 Comments

As you are going about your day, running errands, carpooling kiddos, etc...what happens in your heart and mind when you see a homeless person (loaded down with perhaps a backpack maybe using a shopping cart) crossing the street? Or, someone holding up a sign asking for food or money on a street corner? Do you pretend you don’t see them and look away? Do you think to yourself, “Well, they could get work if they really wanted to?” Do you long to give them something but you stop yourself thinking things like, “They will just use the money to buy drugs or alcohol” Or, “I would stop, but I am super busy and don’t have time right now?” I am guessing that all of us have had these thoughts (and many more) that run through our minds at times like these, for we all have our own lens and theologies regarding people in need. May I plant one little seed the next time you come across a person in need? I pray that you remember that we are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). I pray that you would look upon these folks as human beings that are worthy of your time, your eye contact, your resources (clothing/food), your love. When we come to the end of this fleeting dash of life and we are in the presence of the Creator of this world and everything in it, when all the nations are gathered before Him (Matt. 25:32) and He says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of  mine, you did for me” (Matt. 25:35-36; 40)  Showing love to every single person the Lord places in our paths daily will not be wasted, especially those people you come across on the street corners or perhaps even sitting in a library. Even taking the seemingly small step to look that needy person in the eye and give a word of encouragement, a hug, a bottle of water, blanket or some food from your vehicle might just make their day and give them hope. 

It is a true honor to be partnering with Open Arms Ministry during our second quarter. Meeting with Amy and Ellen, we could sense their authentic/genuine love for people who are in a season of need. Thank you for taking the time to click on their website, to watch this short video, to prayerfully consider how you can maybe help Open Arms. During the second quarter of this year, we will be donating 10% of all our sales to Open Arms. Your purchase with us makes a difference! 

Visit Open Arms here to see the many ways you can be a part of this local ministry.



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