“Jesus, friend of sinners, companion of the outcast, advocate for the needy, enlighten our eyes to see you in our needy neighbor.” The Diaconal Litany, 1959
A text message read, “Be careful when you leave the church. There is a crazy person dancing on the corner.”
Going out, I found a young man, but not a crazy one. He was dancing to relieve the awful stress he was experiencing in life. He told me that nobody cared about him, and tears began rolling down his cheeks. I invited him into the church for coffee, some snacks, and conversation around the table. As we listened, he shared his sad tale. When it was time to leave, we prayed. He gave me a hug and left.
Did our time together make his problems go away? Absolutely not. But I pray that he left feeling that someone did care, if only then, for that short time. I pray that he left understanding that God cares for him always. I pray that understanding brings him hope for new life — one which comes from the God who loves us all.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, make us aware of those in our neighborhoods. Open our eyes to see them as you see them, as our sisters and brothers. Empower us through the Holy Spirit to follow in your footsteps, and serve those in need. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Deaconess Judy Whaley, Sandspit, British Columbia