We humans are really good at placing blame.
I am chief among those who has little mercy for those who find themselves in difficult situations because of their own laziness or choices that they know will get them in trouble. I have learned that placing blame is a fairly common human response.
The bible is full of stories that prove my point. And the blame doesn’t always fall to the victim. One time the disciples thought a parent might be to blame for the suffering of their blind child.
In John chapter 9, we read this:
“As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”
Jesus’ disciples like so many of us, wanted to know the source of a man’s suffering, perhaps to alleviate his suffering at it’s roots. Questions from the “haves” looking at the plight of the “have nots” are normal but sometimes it’s just a better response to jump into the life of another and do something to help them without trying to figure it all 0ut. If you read on in John 9, you’ll see that’s exactly what Jesus did.
I want to thank those of you who are responding like Jesus to the homeless in our community during these bitterly cold days of winter. Giving cheerfully to your favorite homeless shelter so that someone without a home, can have a warm bed for a night or two is a precious act of love and compassion.
Doing it without asking a lot of questions shows you care and you want to demonstrate grace. Of course, these challenges in our community prompt questions in all of us. However, we should keep in mind that there will always be the homeless and poor among us. (See Matthew 26:11)
The bottom line is that because of your generosity, someone will have a warm bed when they need it most, and that’s a good thing. So thank you for sharing the love with the least of our brothers.
Keep the love coming!