Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Musings: Caring for Those Around Us

We had a chance to go to Seattle this weekend, and although it was a whirlwind trip we had a chance to have some really great conversations with several different sets of people.

In one conversation, we talked a lot about what it looked like to be Jesus to people. In one situation, when the wife told her neighbor she could watch the neighbor's child with some pretty special needs every day, the neighbor responded saying "I don't know much about church, but I know that I love your God."

Wow! What an amazing statement! How often do you get to hear that from people around you? Are you reaching out to the widows and orphans, and caring for them through relationship over the long term?

Let me tell you, I had no desire to step out of our comfort zone and do this even two years ago, but God is bringing us on an incredible journey and helping us to understand more about people's needs around us, and how we can reach out to them over the long term in relationship.

We have been able to do this in small ways so far through our foster care respite weekends. I'm looking forward to what He's bring to us next.

How about you? In what ways to you care for those around you? How are you giving them hope?


  1. Great post and I love the photo of one of Jeanette's little snippets!
    The food pantry at our church is serving 500+ families now. It is a blessing to me to be able to volunteer to help distribute the food. There are so many people hurting during these hard economic times...many who would never have dreamed of having to ask for free food are now having to do just that. We all need to realize we are all in this together. We do not have to do good works to earn grace, forgiveness and salvation but faith without works is empty. Open your hearts and see with the eyes of Jesus...the ones who need him are all around. We are to be his hands and feet and the light shining in the darkness.

  2. Wow what a good post, my husband and I help with a recovery program at our church every Saturday night, and we get to talk to a lot of the people in the program, so its really nice to share the love of the Lord by them seeing our commitment weekly, our pastor preached on our talents, and we all have them one talent is just to smile at someone!

  3. Beautiful posts, ladies, and I love your hearts and what God is doing in your life. May you continue to be a light and shine for Him!