Saturday, March 13, 2010

You are Seen

Back in January I wrote a blog entry entitled "More than a Burger." The last phrase was a prayer for guidance, "Lord lead me. Show me how I can hand a word of hope out my window." So I wanted to give you a follow-up.

The Lord impressed upon me to contact the Local Ministries pastor at our church. I wanted to know if our church already had something in place that families could tangibly give to those we saw on the streets--no need to reinvent the wheel, right?! Well, he said they did not and asked if I would want to get the ball rolling.

So the Lord led me to write this:

You are Seen

As cars fly by, seemingly unaffected by your circumstance, there is a God who knows you perfectly. He formed you. He loves you. And He created you to know Him.

You are seen.

As men and women avoid eye contact, unknowingly treating you as though you were not a treasure, there is a God who values you immeasurably. He knows your fears. He understands your ways. And He desires your gaze.

You are seen.

As children point and others snicker, forgetting that the hands of the Almighty knit you together, there is a God ready and willing to transform your heart. He will meet you exactly where you are as you lift your hands in surrender to Him.

You are seen.

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him,
for he who comes to God must believe that he is,
and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Hebrews 11:6

I then found an amazingly powerful image on istock photo that portrayed a homeless man sleeping on a bench. After presenting it to our local ministries they took the idea and had the poem and picture printed onto postcards. The result was beautiful.

Now someone else has stepped up (thank you, Lord), also moved to help in this outreach, and a plan is being made to present this to the church along with ideas of how to reach out to those in need--those right outside our car window.

I am not naive. I do not think this postcard will end homelessness in our city. But as the pastor encouraged, "It is tangible." It is something we can give to maybe spread a word of hope to those possibly living under the weight of hopelessness. Our God is able to restore.

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