Sharing a glass of water

On Monday I went to DC with our mission team to share a special holiday picnic with our homeless brothers and sisters. I was struck by the high demand for two items in particular: fried chicken and cold water. Even after the chicken was gone people kept coming back to see if there was any cold water left. It was hot, and they were thirsty!

The words from Matthew 25 kept running through my head: “Lord, when did I give you something to drink?”

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

We know that one hot meal, a cold bottle of water, a clean pair of socks, a friendly smile, and a heatfelt prayer aren’t going to solve the complex problem of homelessness. Yet this ministry of mercy is vital. When we worship a God of hope we share this hope with those who need it most, and yet I’m amazed at how we’re always more blessed in serving because in each person we serve we meet Christ.

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One Response to Sharing a glass of water

  1. Danica says:

    Thank you for this, Pastor Sarah! How true!

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