Years ago I had the opportunity to be part of a ministry to feed the homeless. In the beginning I was a little frightened as I’d never been in close contact with those living on the street. As I prayed, asking God for courage to do His will, He gave me a vision.
In the vision I see men drag a young woman across the dusty street and throw her at Jesus’ feet. I see myself as a little girl hiding behind a stone pillar watching. I hear Jesus tell the crowd, “let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” Silence.
Men shifting from one foot to the other, stones turning over in their hands. Thud, the first stone falls to the ground as a young man turns and leaves. Thud, another leaves. Slowly stones fall with puffs of dust and the crowd goes away.
The woman is dirty. Her clothes are torn and her head is bleeding from the fall.
I run to her side with a cup of water kneeling over her I see her tears and trembling hands as she takes the cup and drinks.
Jesus reaches out His hand and lifts her to her feet. Then He turns to me, “Let’s walk her home,” He says with a smile. I take one hand and Jesus takes her other one and we walk down the street to her house.
She bends down and kisses me and gives me a hug. She and Jesus embrace before she disappears into the doorway.
Jesus sits down on a rock and gathers me up in His arms. “You don’t ever have to be afraid to give love. I will always be with you. No matter how they look, or smell or sound, love will melt the hurt inside and bring them closer to Me. Never fear to show love. Love comes with its own protection—Me. You see I am LOVE.
Keep your eyes open and your ears open. There are more opportunities to love than you can ever imagine. It will change your life forever. Trust Me.
2 thoughts on “Monday Manna – A Lesson on Love”
Mary, I just had to tweet this! God has ignited a flame in my heart to help the homeless, to discover why and guide them home. I will soon build a little house for me and over the years I have internalized expert knowledge for building and home! I know others will be blessed by this, but I felt it was just for me!
Molinda, what a wonderful undertaking. I’ve seen some of these tiny houses and know what a blessing they can be. May God bless you in your mission.
I discovered each of the homeless have their own story. Many of them are on the street because of a financial loss. To have a home of their own again–well that’s just God’s amazing love.
God bless you.