Reflections on Faith and Community
In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.
Andrew S. Odom
I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. (Matthew 25:35)
- Do be nice. I know this seems obvious, but quite often we are approached when we are in a hurry, and we get frazzled. Remember, the person in front of you has real need, even if they are trying to scam you. So, be nice.
- Do refer them to a pastor. Working with people in various stages of life is what we do and may be the best way to help someone begin to look at more long-term solutions.
- Do pray for them. Pray with them if you feel comfortable doing so. It helps the person know you care and invites God directly into the moment.
- Don’t do anything you are not comfortable doing. Being a Christian certainly means being generous, but that doesn’t necessarily mean risking safety.
- Don’t give cash. It’s not a terrible thing to give cash, but you could easily be supporting behavior that is part of the problem. Giving food or addressing need directly is better.
This list could be much longer, but I thought I would at least give you a place to start. I can also let you know that I met with both of the families and was able to address some of their needs. Thank you for being such a warm-hearted and generous congregation who cares deeply for the welfare of others.
Published on 06/05/2017 @ 3:38 PM CDT