In this life there's always a catch. But this time it's not a catch, it's a person. Because of Christ we can be unconditional. We love because He first loved us.
The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work did a study on Youth Homelessness in the Houston area.
The information they reported on this PDF is sobering and it is important to be aware of what desperation young lives face everyday. Pray how you might make a difference. Remember, “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”
Taking Down Barriers
Suggested Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22
“Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of His death, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.”
If the wall of hostility has indeed been broken down by the death of Christ (Eph. 2:13-14), why then do so many people inside the kingdom still meet a stone wall where true fellowship is concerned? Why does the wall still divide black and white, rich and poor, those with social status and those without? I believe it is because Christians have not been taught that the basis of their unity is “belonging.”
Unity begins when we get our theology straight. If the wall has been broken down and yet the wall is still there, it is because someone has been building it up again! What is a wall? It’s a barrier—something that includes others and excludes you. We sense it, though it be unseen, between people inside the church. We see different factions with religious and personal access by one Spirit to the Father. He sees all of us kneeling down at our bedsides at the end of the day!
I must not be a builder of walls. I must lay down my trowel and use my hands rather to reach out to my brother and sister in love. I need to keep acting as if the barrier isn’t there; I need to walk through it and speak into years of silence. I must write another letter and extend another dinner invitation. I must do what I can to make sure others know I believe in belonging!
Lord, I want to exhibit a spirit of unity to the world. No walls, no borders, nothing to separate us; and Your Spirit to unite us as one. I need You. I cannot do this without Your Spirit and Your presence in me. Help me to treat others like I want to be treated, as part of the family of the King. Amen.
Used with permission from Just Between US magazine, 2017, author Jill Briscoe.
The weather was beautiful and the Son was shining. We were blessed to extend love, cookies, love, stickers, love, lollipops, hugs, pins & pens, more love and smiles to the people we met. We enjoyed reconnecting with a few friends and were surprised to see Stephanie, who has battled several types of cancer and is in a miracle remission. I had the opportunity to hear her story several years ago and will never forget her painful journey. God alone can bring beauty from ashes and take what we have experienced and make it into something beautiful, if we are willing.
Our prayer is that every life represented in Johannes Park yesterday, will experience the love of Jesus and give Him access to their pain and a new ending to their stories.
Thank you Scott, for spending the day with us and giving great Dad hugs!