The calls and requests from those in desperate need of help started coming in early this week and never let up.
From Monday at 6 a.m. with a 60 year old single woman who burned through all her savings after hip replacement surgery and is now homeless; to Friday night with a mother in a drunken rage, who just found out she’s lost all rights to ever seeing her children, locked in a motel bathroom screaming “I don’t wanna live anymore! Please, please pray for me – I’ve lost my babies!!”
Jesus’ beatitude “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”(Matthew 5:3) – is experienced as a daily reality at Genesis Church.
But how can you be blessed when you have lost everything you’ve worked so hard for? Or you are losing your children? Struggling with HIV? Or you have 4 children, been to every abused women’s shelter and your spouse is facing prison for manufacturing meth?
From personal experience, I think it points to the nature of the kingdom of God – when my body was shattered and I was losing everything, the only thing that mattered was complete reliance on the provision and love of God. When all is gone, the spiritual blessings of grace, mercy, and salvation by faith alone are all that we have.
In the kingdom of God, we find peace and blessings in our absolute dependence on God for our every need.
Christ comes to us when we are broken – to the poor who are sweltering without air conditioning, to the homeless unable to purchase medicine to stay alive and to the lonely with no one to care for them.
Dear Lord as you rescued us in your deepest need – may we offer grace, compassion, and dignity to our neighbors in difficult situations. Assure them of your great love, and help us to see the blessings you give. Thank you for those who, out of their abundance, have donated everything from money to beds, refrigerators to washer/dryers…and especially their prayers and time.
Local Mission Coordinator