Sunday, March 2
The Lord’s Day
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Minute for Mission: Three Critical Issues: Evangelism
A handless man experiencing homelessness roams Hollywood Boulevard, sometimes asking for money, sometimes catching his breath in a doorway. The details of the accident causing his physical disability are uncertain, and it’s evident that Sean* resists assistance that might get him off the streets. But he doesn’t resist being shown affection and God’s love from someone who really cares.
Sarah has a heart for people living on the streets and the remarkable ability to see the face of Jesus in each person she engages in sidewalk conversation. She had already developed a relationship with Sean and felt more than comfortable offering him a sandwich. Remembering from a previous conversation that Sean liked to pray before a meal, Sarah offered to give thanks with him. The sandwich was placed to the side, and Sarah grasped where his hands once were, the two resting their foreheads against one another’s.
The prayer concluded, but Sean remained in a posture of prayer, and Sarah immediately understood that they weren’t finished basking in the presence of the Lord together. For 15 minutes they sat together silently with the Lord in a beautiful expression of caring for one another. Sarah was not thinking about the last time this gentleman had showered or the meeting she was late for—she was focused on this holy moment with Sean.
Sarah then offered to help Sean enter a shelter and start the process of getting off the street, which he declined. He wasn’t ready to find refuge in a shelter, but he has already found refuge in the Lord.
—Karena Malmgren, Young Adult Volunteer, Hollywood DOOR site, 2012–13
*All names have been changed.
Let us pray
Gracious Father, we pray for all people experiencing homelessness—those who show us your face in our cities, towns, and byways. Please bless them and allow them to bless others. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
“Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory”
Ps. 2 or Ps. 99
“Why Are Nations Raging”
2 Peter 1:16–21
“Blessed Jesus, at Your Word”
“O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair”
HB 182, PH 75