This was the verse of the day:
Romans 8:35 NLT
"Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?"
What do you think the answer is? I think that in the ugliness of the world, when everything looks as if the apocalypse has come, we must not forget the love that keeps us connected to a world where troubles and calamities and danger and death have no sting.
How do we participate in this other world Kingdom? Jesus reminds us that it begins with love. God's love for you. Your love for God and for each other. If we love each other we will look out for one another. If we do that then people will not go hungry, the destitute will have hope and salvation; here and in some distant realm.
To end homelessness is to be in the Kingdom of God, which is at hand right now. To end homelessness will take looking out for each other as God looks out for us. Family, friends, and even strangers all have a place in the Kingdom, just some need more help than others to get there. Are you willing to help those in trouble, those who face calamity, persecution, hunger, destitution, danger or death?
Meditate: How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble. The Lord will protect him and keep him alive. And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; and do not give him over to the desires of his enemies. The Lord will sustain him upon his sick bed; in his illness thou dost restore him to health. As for me, I said, "O Lord, be gracious to me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee." (Psalm 41:1-4)
Pray for the forgiveness and the strength that comes only from God in heaven; and for the destitute and hungry brothers and sisters living and dying on the streets that they might find comfort from the ugliness of the world, and shelter from the storms of life. May they find mercy instead of prosecution.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”