Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 13, 2011

Reaching Out

Jas 2:16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

This morning it is unusually cold.  Our heater cannot keep up.  Outside is ice.  This makes me think about those who don’t have a home.  They sleep in culverts, under overpasses, in dangerous empty buildings, in scrap cars – anywhere they can find a little shelter.  Many don’t have coats, as coats are usually not needed here.  How can I possibly complain about a little discomfort?  What do I do to help those without?  We have had coat drives here and I have given extra coats to the drives.  We give to our church and other charities.  Sometimes I wonder how I, as an individual, can do more.  I’ve been advised by the local law enforcement not to go into the area where many of our homeless congregate, as it is too dangerous.  It’s hard to find a balance between helping and safety.  That is why charitable groups have formed.  It is a question each of us must face.  How can we help and what is enough?  I have seen strangers take off their jackets and put them on a stranger.  If the opportunity arose, would I, would you?  Let’s each discover our own way to reach out.  There are many ways to help. Our place is not to judge why they are without; our place is to reach out in God’s love in practical, needed ways.


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