Sleeping on the Streets

Picture a snow storm. The biggest one you can remember. Think of the snow, the harshness of the winter air, and the feeling of your nose and ears when you have forgotten your hat. Remember how cold your hands felt when you left your gloves at home or in the car. Think of the ice, and the way you slide around when you’re trying to walk.

Snow and winter storms can be a beautiful bestowing from God. Yet, at the end of these winter days we’re able to retreat to the comfort of our homes, maybe sit by a fire, or warm ourselves in our favorite chair with a cozy blanket.

What if you couldn’t get warm? What if you had no place to go or no winter clothing? What if the flame of a single candle was your only heat source?

Many of guest’s experience the harshness of winter every day. We have guests that camp under bridges, sleep on the cold pavement, and even live in the woods. Many of them haven’t known the comforts of their own home in years. A warm winter coat, a hat, and gloves are like gold to them. They need them to survive. They struggle day after day and night after night.

At Morning Glory we serve all different kinds of people who are all at different walks of life. Our volunteers come from different backgrounds, different places, and work different jobs. What unites us together is we are all God’s Children who feel the desire to be loved. A love that can only truly be fulfilled from the one true God above.

“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”
– 1st Peter 3:8

Ask God to fill your heart with love this week. To show compassion and love to the co-worker you may not get along with, the homeless person on the street, or the family member one may not get along with. Pray for our guests whose only thoughts are making it through another night on the street. We are all called to love one another with humility and compassion even when it’s hard.Please pray this week that the poor and needy in Kansas City will feel loved.

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the simplicity of giving

One of our guests approached me with excitement the other day. They said “Hey Nate I have something I’d like to give to Morning Glory.” This guest had received a bag of hand warmers, socks, gloves, and a few other various items from a church group over the weekend. He told me that he already had plenty at his campsite and wanted to donate it to us.

This man has no home, lives in a tent in the woods, has no money, and endures the harshness of this cold winter season every day. Even though he has nothing by “worldly standards” what little extra he did have, he wanted to donate. He felt the desire to help and give the little he did have. God calls us to serve the poor and needy. He calls us to give with pure intentions even if we don’t feel like we have a lot to offer.

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”          – Mark 12:41-44

The widow in this story gave all she had. It wasn’t much but she gave with obedience and faith knowing that God would take care of her every need. Our guest gave what he had. He was living out the scriptures as we’re all called to do.

It’s not how about how much you give but the simple fact of giving. God wants our love and affection, he wants us to serve, and he wants us to love the people around us. It’s not just about money but committing our lives and believing that he will take care of us.

I encourage you this week to specifically pray where God would like you to serve in your life. Ask, “Lord where I can give back, where can I show your love, and where can the talents you blessed me with be used.”

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”
  – Saint Francis of Assisi

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