Showing posts from May, 2017

Embracing Those Hiding On The Margins!

Jesus was in a crowd. A big crowd. People were pressing against him and He was on His way to help an important man, a synagogue leader named Jairus and his very sick 12-year-old daughter. 
There was a lonely woman in the crowd who was also very sick; she'd been bleeding for 12 long years herself. She had spent all her money to find a cure, but the relentless bleeding wouldn't stop. Then we read this in Luke 8:44-48....
She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in pea…

Overcoming Obstacles (Bridge Message)

There's one thing I love about working in a homeless shelter; it's seeing and helping people overcome obstacles! I have the honor of seeing this happen every day. Even with all the odds stacked against them, I love to see people continue to keep on fighting and not give up! I love to see people not be defeated by whatever weaknesses and obstacles stand in the way!
Despite all odds stacked against them, I love to see my homeless friends move into housing. I love to see the unemployed get jobs. I love to see those struggling with addiction taking steps to reduce the harm they're doing to themselves and others. I love to see those who've been rotating in and out of jail for years, work on things and stop the cycle. I love to see those burdened with mental illnesses and physical limitations not give in to despair, keep on fighting and find a way to keep moving forward. Despite all odds stacked against them, I love to see people turn around what should be heart-wrenching a…