Just like everyone has his or her own special talent.
A person who is willing to use their gift to help others can turn ordinary projects into extraordinary affairs.
I see this every time I read or get involved with helping out at a local homeless shelter called Project Hope.
This is their mission: “To respond to the human hurts and hopes of persons in Lake County who are homeless by providing emergency shelter, care, and guidance in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ.”
My husband and I recently signed up to volunteer for an evening shift. I thought it would be easy to stand behind a counter and dish out portions of a meal to the homeless who happened to be in attendance. (I didn’t realize how humbling of an experience I was about to encounter.)
Before any serving or eating began a few announcements were made, and then as instructed we gracefully gave our attention to the evening prayer being spoken.
All bowed down, and together we gave thanks for the generosity of the meal providers, and the volunteers who were present. Here the homeless clapped (my heart humbly fell to the pit of my stomach.) We prayed for the people who didn’t make it to a shelter for the night, and we prayed for the needs of all those present.
After that a procession started, and as the guests came through the buffet line to receive their dinner meal, it hit home with me exactly how fortunate I am, how carefree I live - never knowing what it is like to be hungry or without a bed to sleep on. As my eyes met theirs I saw people who were grateful, people who were hungry, people who were confused, people who were alone, people who needed hope. (Never have I felt more humble than I did then.)
Sadly I couldn’t help but wonder if any of them felt Godforsaken.
It seems to me that being homeless means more than living without a roof covering your head. I can understand how being without shelter could lead to feeling abandoned, destitute, uncared for, lonely, helpless, forgotten, poor, lost. I could see how the situation could cause a person to become withdrawn from society, looked upon as that of an outcast.
Places like Project Hope, respond to the call of our Lord. Proof can be found in Matthew 13:20 “For where two or three come together in My name, I am there with them.”
When we come together to use our gifts to help others under the love and guidance of our Lord, ordinary projects become extraordinary.
Support Project Hope, (or like projects that help those in need.)
God forbid should those needing food and hope ever feel Godforsaken.
|"for I was hungry and you gave me|
something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me
something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in..."