Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Witness: Loida Divine
Scripture: Matthew 25:37
Weekly Theme: Love
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?”
About eight years ago, we lived in Miami, Florida. It was there that I had an opportunity to serve a ministry for the homeless. Because Miami is warm year-round, there is a large homeless population. At First United Methodist Church in downtown Miami, there is a ministry that serves food for the homeless. The day before we served the food, several of us got together, prepared the items, and put them in brown bags. The bags contained apple sauce, juice, canned sausages, etc. During the distribution, I observed that homelessness has no boundaries regarding race, gender, or age. Some folks had mental issues or health issues. Others looked well but were obviously going through a rough patch in their lives. One person caught my attention: a young lady came in who looked strong and healthy. She was tall with long hair and had a European accent. She came close to me and told me that she was hungry and had not eaten for a day or two. She was well dressed but carried a suitcase as if she had no place to live. After I gave her the food bag, she was so thankful and repeated that several times. As we had been instructed, I invited her to come back every morning as we served breakfast every day. I also gave her information on the different shelters in town. I did not see that young lady again, but I prayed for her and others like her, somewhat lost in our fast-paced world.
It is humbling to see a large group of people gathered that are homeless. In the area where I now live, I rarely see homeless people, but it does not mean that they do not exist. When I travel to other cities, I often see the signs of people living in tents, under bridges, or in temporary shelters. You think this should not happen in a country like ours, but it does happen. Regardless of the circumstances of how they got to where they are, our responsibility is to help, offering a meal, a toothbrush, a bar of soap, or however we can help. I experienced true joy when I served others.
I believe that around our neighborhoods, we might have spiritually hungry people and in deep spiritual need; we just don’t see them out on the streets. Yet, God will still demand from us an answer to what we have done to help those in need around us. God has blessed us to be a blessing to those around us.
Daily Prayer: “Lord God, today I thank you for all the blessings you have given me. I pray that I might have a generous heart, ready to help those around me that are in need. Amen!”
- Do you ever recall a time that someone helped you when you were in need?
- If you had to identify those in need around you, who would be on the list?
- Today, find a way to do one act of helping those in need – such as bringing food for the Wildwood Food pantry or writing a card for someone who needs a word of encouragement.