Monday, November 14, 2016

Pour Yourself Out For the Hungry


This is my view today. It will be my view for the immediate future.

I have a nasty cold. I haven't been sick in nine solid months. Lots of family members and friends around me got sick over those months, but since my cancer diagnosis and treatment, I didn't have a single day of illness, not even a cold. This is truly miraculous. A cold would have been very bad. Sickness can quickly lead to infection in the breast tissue and implant. Coughing would have killed me with my broken rib. So I don't like being sick now, but praise God for the respite up to this point from all illness.

I tend to be sickly, getting colds a lot. To be healthy for nine months is a new record for sure. When a family member in my home gets sick, I always get it. But I didn't. Not until now when my treatments are over and my rib healed. Now I do still have a frozen shoulder, but my cold won't impact that.

I am very sorry that I will miss my day on the sidewalks of the abortion center speaking on behalf of the babies. I don't think I have ever missed a day due to illness in the three years I have been out there! Fortunately, I will be there this Friday to hand out Thanksgiving Feasts to five of the mamas I work with. In fact, you can help.

A wonderful organization called The Common Heart is a grassroots group that started out of one man's garage and has grown into a powerful organization that fights hunger and helps the impoverished in our community. They provided 1,000 Thanksgiving feasts to the poor last year, including several of the mamas I work with. They need volunteer drivers, donations, and help packing the feasts this year. Here is the link: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTE1ODQ=

Those mamas I work with would NOT have had a Thanksgiving feast without this incredible resource. What a great opportunity for all of us to be the hands and feet of Jesus! Pour yourself out for the hungry Isaiah 58:10 proclaims. This is no half-hearted effort on behalf of those less fortunate than us. We are not to dribble, or drip, but to pour ourselves into others' struggles, and drench them with the love of God. Pour yourselves out and watch the flood of joy that will wash over not only the recipient...but you.

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Matthew 25:35

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

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