The Church we are attending Church on the Rock here in New Haven has implemented some ministry
that shelters the homeless for a week. Last Sunday one of the Pastors asked for volunteers to assist in that undertaking.
The need was to pick a night in which we could stay with these men from 6PM - 6AM the following morning.
Tonight I'll be doing just that as the need was presented. I'll have pen and paper as well as a sketch pad and pencils.
If I am moved to record word or image I'll do so. If not I'll lend myself to the less fortunate as I can in faith.
There was a time just about twenty years ago when I myself was homeless. I lived under bridge in Overtown, Miami before signing
on with Ringling Brothers. On the train while traveling from city to city I read the bible cover to cover.
I remember that there was a lot of begatting in those books. I didn't yet understand the mysteries of God's word.
I was very skeptical of anything religious as all I saw in the body of worshipers was hypocrisy.
As we live in these times in collapse of economy, culture and common sense the needs of the less fortunate are compounded.
All that was thought to be a safety net provided by government is nothing more than bureaucratic bullshit. More for less and less.
Who is the greatest responder to these compounding needs? It sure isn't any government. Historically churches are the last line of help
during the desperate days of such chaos. Is there hypocrisy within the churches? Of course there is. Anyone would be crazy to say otherwise.
The call of duty is sacrifice. There is no gain for seeing to the less fortunates' needs. A call to duty can almost certainly end up costing you for being generous. Jesus is the primary example of that truth.
For quite sometime I have tried to find a place in life that people would appreciate for the exchange of wisdom. That desire hasn't manifested itself in the general broadcast I wanted. Truth's aren't what many are interested in knowing. On a one to one basis wisdom exchange I have known with
individuals has taken root. The occasions are more than I can count on two hands.
In reflection I wanted something that glorified me, rather than forgetting myself and speaking truthfully to the heart of any matter.
Dismissing my own importance and embracing service as Jesus commanded is and will always be a struggle. My hope is that in acting in a call to duty that struggle becomes easier. It is in the doing that we learn. Experiences shared is the place of gathering where the treasures of wisdom are revealed.
I have no doubt that I see this world as it is with uncommon clarity. My weakness is trying to see this world without a jaded outlook.
There is an aspect of love I am trying to manage. I hadn't known it before, but I certainly need it now. Agape Love is a term I considered many times.
Wrote about it as many times as I considered it,but vicarious knowledge of Agape Love is useless, because that reality doesn't lend itself to sacrifice.