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Posted: December 3, 2019 in Christmas, family, Glasgow, homeless, poverty, prayer
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Can you imagine what it would feel like to lose all your possessions in the space of a few hours?

Well for some families in Glasgow a few weeks ago, this nightmare became reality for them.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-50379853

I can’t imagine how those families must have felt, losing all their possessions, but at least everyone got our safely.

I’ve no idea how those folks will start to rebuild their lives, their family homes, or how long it will take them. It will no doubt be particularly hard for them at this time of year they may have lost presents they have already bought, they have probably lost precious sentimental items that can never be replaced.

I pray these families will receive all the help they need to help them rebuild their lives and get settled in new homes.

If you see someone in need, do you stop and help or do you walk past, or look the other way and keep walking?

Maybe you feel you’re too busy to stop and help others, but what if we all consider ourselves ‘too busy’ to help? We can’t assume someone else will take the time to stop and help, so we need to make the time to help.

Stopping to help someone doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have to give up loads of your time, as it can be the simple act of asking someone if they’re ok that helps someone; or carrying a bag of shopping to for an older person, to their car; or giving a homeless person a sandwich and a hot drink.

We need to stop rushing around at 100 miles an hour, and take time out to look around ourselves, and really see those who are in need. We can then take time to make a difference, by helping those who need help.

Ever walked into a church you don’t usually attend, where you don’t know anyone?

How did the people there make you feel? Did they welcome you, or did they treat you as if you were an outsider?

Now think about your own church, and how those in your church, including you, treat those who come to your church for the first time. If a person walks into your church smartly dressed and well-presented are they treat the same as when a drunk or homeless person comes in?

Imagine being treated like this

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

I pray that I will never judge someone because of their outward looks, good or bad, but welcome every person into God’s house when they want to enter. We don’t know what others are going through, but God does. He brings people to His church when they are their lowest, in greatest need, so it’s our responsibility as Christians, to welcome them, just as Jesus would.

The song Somebody like me by The Martins, from which the above lyrics are an excerpt, is a great song, and a remind that someone like us needs to step up, and reach out to everyone who seeks shelter, or solace in God’s house.

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

Chorus

You’d think somebody would put their arm around him
You’d think somebody would hit a knee
Pull him in, say a prayer, that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout right there
You’d think somebody would practice what they’re preaching
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Well he’s got problems nobody wants a part of
When he got up and slipped, nobody stood up
They don’t wanna make a scene, they let him walk out of there
Ooh, without a prayer

Chorus

You’d think somebody would do something different
You’d think somebody would go against the grain
Be the one to run him down
Bring him back and turn him around
You’d think somebody would want to make a difference
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Oh, can I get a witness (somebody, somebody), Ooh, Ooh

I’ve been reminded how great it is when we support those around us, and help them in their time of need.

God needs us to reach out and help those in need find Him. He is the answer to everything we need, so we must reach out and help our fellow man find God.

Sinner, reach out your hands!
Children in Christ you stand!
Sinner, reach out your hands!
Children in Christ you stand!
And all Your children will stretch out their hands
And pick up the crippled man
Father, we will lead them home
Father, we will lead them home

I’m sure we all get caught up in everyday tasks, and in doing so can find ourselves complaining or moaning about things that we have to do, or things other people have or haven’t done. Does that sound familiar?

Have you ever found yourself moaning about trivial stuff that really is meaningless or pointless., but then felt very humble when you see or hear someone with much greater challenges that you, achieving or obtaining something which they thought was out of their reach?  For example, a homeless person’s gratitude when someone gives them some food or warm clothing; or a person who has walking difficulties successfully managing to walk (slowly) to their destination, which may only be a few steps from where they started.

It makes us feel humble and ashamed to have got annoyed or frustrated by the trivial problems in our lives doesn’t it. After all our problems are insignificant in comparison to the life or death situations other have to deal with on a daily basis.

So let’s try not to get caught up in the trivial things in life, as there’s so many huge issues in our world that we really should be focusing on.

How far would you go to help someone you love? Would you do anything and everything in your power to help them? I’m sure you would.

But if it were someone you didn’t know, but you knew they needed help, would you do anything for them?

Here’s what God wants us to do:

God would do anything for you, that’s why he gave his only son. So let’s make sure we do anything and everything to help those who need help.

As many of you will be aware I’ve been off work on sick leave for a number of weeks. As I’ve been unable to do very much I’ve found myself watching TV programmes which I wouldn’t normally watch. What I’ve noticed though in the last two or three weeks is that the focus of the adverts in between programmes has changed – Not only it is now adverts about Christmas, Black Friday deals and bargains but nearly every second advert is one highlighting either people or animals in need of our help by giving a donation to their charity.

While I understand that charities need the public to donate to them so they can continue their work, but really, does there need to be quite so many of these adverts on all day, it really is very depressing. Please don’t think I don’t care about these charities, as that’s not the case – it’s depressing for two reasons:

  • No matter how much I may want to give to each and every charity, there’s no way I can support them all, but they all have an uncanny way of making me feel guilty if I don’t donate!
  • The adverts highlight just how much need there is in this world, and how many awful people there are who are cruel or abusive to people and animals.

Each of these adverts show shocking images of children, adults and animals who’ve been abused or neglected – All designed to pull at our heart-strings and persuade us to donate to their cause. How I wish this world was a better place where no one is abused, homeless, alone, or hungry.

So while these charity adverts are a hard watch, and make me feel guilty, it does remind me of all those who are far less fortunate than I am.

If each of us could give what we can to the charities/causes that we feel are most in need of our help, we can make a difference, and help make this world a better place.

Do you know one of these?

If anyone is qualified to make this statement, Christopher Reeve is! On May 27, 1995, Reeve was left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Virginia, in the USA. He now requires to use a wheelchair and a portable ventilator for the rest of his life.

But heroes don’t always come with such obvious obstacles to overcome, or appear to have the strength required to overcome what seem like insurmountable challenges. Heroes can be people like you and me. Heroes can be the person who says hello to a lonely neighbour; the friend you calls late at night just to check you’re ok; the stranger who stops and gives a homeless person food and water.

Anyone who makes a difference in someone else’s life is a true real-life hero. Are you being a hero to someone today?

When you see a homeless person sitting or lying in the street, what do you do? Do you go and speak to them, go any buy them some food, or keep walking and look the other way?

Why do we ‘look the other way” when we see people in need? Is it because we think if we pretend we haven’t seen them we can deny all responsibility?

Sadly there are mange homeless people and people in need all over the world. We can’t go on pretending we haven’t seen them, can we?

What is home?

Posted: February 12, 2018 in Food, homeless, life, poverty, prayer
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When we think of home, I guess most of think of the following:

  • A roof over our head
  • A place where we can eat
  • Electricity
  • A bed where we can sleep
  • Heat
  • A place of safety
  • A place of love

These may be things we can take for granted sometimes, so today, can I urge you to stop and pray for a few minutes, and thank God for each of these things which together make our house our home.

Sadly for many these days, some of these things may be missing from their house – maybe they can’t afford to heat their home, or buy food; maybe there are those that live in their home who frighten or hurt them, so it’s not a place of love.

So please pray for those less fortunate than use – For those who live in a home where there is no love, or pain and suffering is just part of daily life for them. They need our prayers.