A few weeks ago we relaunched Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) here at First-Centenary, under the leadership of Matt and Tiffany Phillips and with the help of countless others in the congregation. If you served in any way, from bringing food to setting up or tearing down to staying with the families over night, thank you so much for making a difference in ending homelessness for families with children.
It was neat to see the number of families who volunteered early in the week but continued to come back because their children built relationships with the children in the program. I heard stories from parents of kids crying because they didn’t want to go home. They wanted to stay at church!
We live in a world that is ripe with fear of the other. Because we don’t know someone, or don’t understand their life scenario or background we immediately allow walls to divide us. In my Sunday School class we are doing a book study that addresses fear, entitled Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times. The author, Rev. Adam Hamilton, reminds us “The failure to get to know our neighbors, and the shirking of our responsibility to love them, means that we will continue to live with fear. But love perfected by actions has the power to drive out fear.”
Loving others is one of the simplest yet most difficult actions that human beings have to choose – but the good news is that the gift of love has been perfectly modeled for us in and through Jesus Christ. My prayer for each of us this week is that our love would be perfected by action and be a source of hope and light in this world.
In Christ, Will
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 3:21 PM EDT