God has taught me many things working with the poor and needy through the years. As I listen to their stories about childhood, traveling, their daily struggle, and heartbreak one thing always come to mind; Honesty. So many of our guests are willing to share their story of how they ended up in the place they did. One guest shared this week of growing up in a loving Christian home but he refused to believe and submit that God’s in control. He traveled the United States, struggled with drugs and alcohol and finally realized that God is real and Christ died on the cross for our Sin.
He has started to make amends with parents, his brother, and the people he hurt with his actions. He realized we live for one purpose, to be loved by God and love him, to serve him with our whole heart, and ask for the forgiveness he has graciously given us. This guest has been so thankful that Morning Glory has provided him with food and warmth, conversation, and a place to feel safe in. The last few days he has been helping cleanup after the meals, and wants to give back in any way he can. He has no money, no home, but a simple desire to serve those and help those who have given up their time to help him.
Every morning I greet our guests at their tables, find out how their breakfast was, and simply talk about life. They have hopes and dreams and passions just like the rest of us. As I asked one table how they were a guest responded “Still Homeless” and we had a laugh. He answered the question honestly and with a smile. Laughter is a great gift that God gave us that can be understood in any culture and any language.
In 1st Thessalonians Chapter 5 14-18 Paul writes ”And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I encourage you this week to pray for guests. Pray that God continues to move in their lives and work in their hearts. Take a moment and thank God for the blessings in your life and pray for opportunities to bless those around you. Pray for more patience, more understanding, and be thankful for the things you have.
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
– Mother Teresa