Trek to the Manger (DQ15)

Trek to the Manger Ch 15I recently interviewed a woman who has been in the United States for just a few years. She came from a war-torn African country, where her father and brothers were killed in front of her young eyes. In her barefoot escape for survival, she lost her mother. Only years later were they miraculously reunited in a refugee camp.

She knows what homelessness is.

I have a friend with a past, whose children had decided she was not the mother they wanted. They followed her example (drug abuse, weak relationships) but they did not want to follow her. She found a man who led her to a church where she found healing and friendship and Jesus. After years of praying for her children, they began to come back home.

She knows what homelessness is.

Homelessness has many faces, some of which have nothing to do with where you lay your head.

“My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.” James 5:19-20

Who comes to mind when you read these words? What are you going to do about it?

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2 thoughts on “Trek to the Manger (DQ15)

  1. I love this topic. It is dear to our family and my work. When Nick was in High School he had to do a service project. He created Sock Snackers, has a website, got multiple churches involved. He works collect men’s tube socks, granolas bars and water bottles. In one sick went a water bottle, in the other 2 granola bars. To the socks together and put them in your car. When you see a homeless person on the side of the road, hand them a sock snacker. They are so happy to receive these gifts. Even in the Arizona desert, socks help protect feet from the heat. We have also been gift cards and had the children give them to a homeless person. One of the boys favorite activities are to go serve breakfast at Grace Lutheran I Phoenix.

    Spiritually, when we act like a Christian and offer smiles, hugs, reassurances we actively show what a Christian is. To me this goes a long way to showing we are normal people, just like them. They are welcome as they are. People seem to have come up with the idea that Christians are stodgy and hard hearted. By showing we are not will start a path to leading them back. I swear sometimes, I drink occasionally, I’m not perfect. Yet, I am a Christian.

    • I LOVE Nick’s Sock Snackers ministry! How cool is it, when our kids come up with ideas to serve others?! Thanks, too, for your honesty and reality-check, Michelle. We really are all in the same boat – imperfect, rough around the edges, powerless to fix ourselves. As for me, I’m plugging into the Source (I need all the help I can get)!

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