Monday, October 6, 2014

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He was the classic down-and-outer—greasy untrimmed hair falling out from beneath an ancient baseball cap, blue jeans that would have taken my mama a year to wash and patch, teeth stained with neglect, sagging backpack dangling from his shoulders, and eyes that stared vacantly at a world that had doubtless dealt him disappointment time and time again.
His cardboard sign spelled the obvious: “Hungry. Please Help” with a “God Bless” scribbled near the bottom.
He was gone in a minute, for we, like the rest of rush-hour traffic, were in the middle of the freeway and could not stop to grant his request. When we drove past the intersection an hour later where he had, his corner beside the telephone pole was empty. It was getting dark, and we had to wonder where he was going to sleep tonight—or if he would sleep at all.
At a different intersection we frequent, the individual clutching the cardboard sign was a girl. She  couldn’t have been more than eighteen years old, standing beside the traffic light with her backpack leaning against her legs. It was February then, and she wasn’t wearing anything more than a hoodie, some dingy Converse, and a pair of blue jeans.
These are the people that Jesus would have stopped and eaten a meal with, but we so often look away with hardly a second thought as to their welfare.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not trying to point fingers of accusation in anyone’s face. So often, I am the culprit who takes one commiserating glance and then forgets.
I realize that plenty of these people could earn themselves a better life if they chose, and that many of them loiter on intersections and manipulate the public’s sympathies with signs requesting handouts, merely to gratify their own corrupt addictions.
Still, there are those who truly are destitute and depend on compassion just to get through each day.
Far greater even than the physical needs of these people is the vacancy in their souls—the vacancy that only faith in our Savior’s sacrifice can fill. Who is nourishing the hunger in their hearts with the Gospel?
Jesus said, “If you do it for the least of these, you have done it unto me.”
What are we doing?


              God Bless,
                                                 

8 comments:

  1. Wonderful post Hannah! So well written.:)

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  2. Spectacular writing, Hannah!! God is working through you and this post is a beautiful, gracious reminder to all our souls. You've expressed what is felt. <3
    Praying always for you and your family, hope you are well and rejoicing in the Hand of the Lord, busy and happy with what He has given you to do!
    Much love, the Sikoras

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  3. I appreciated this reminder, Hannah. Thank you!

    P. S. Glad to see that you still have time to post even though I'm sure that you are quite busy!

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  4. Wow. Powerful thoughts! Thanks for sharing =) <3

    ~Jess // homeschooledauthor.blogspot.com

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  5. You write such thought-provoking posts, Hannah! Thank you for sharing. I trust you are doing well. I did open a new blog for my missions trip (under this same account), so I don't know if you had a chance to look at my pictures. Have a blessed day!

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  6. Thank you for the well-written reminder, Hannah! Sometimes it's too easy to pass over "the least of these," but it's great to be reminded that they are the souls Jesus came to save.

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  7. Very thought provoking. My husband and I were actually just discussing the things we can do to help those truly in need.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings~

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  8. Hello Hannah. So blessed to know you thorugh your profile on the blogger and the blog post is very touching and provoking to act to meet the needs of others. I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 35yrs in the great city of Mumbai, India a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted and also meet the need of the malnourished children in the slums with the nutrition program. We also encourage young people as well as adults from the West to come to Mumbai on a short / long term missions trip to work with us in the slums of Mumbai during their vacation time. We would love to have you come to Mumbai with your friends to work with us in the slums of Mumbai during your vacation time. My email id is: ddhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you.

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