In Discovering Jesus in the Least, you’ll walk alongside veteran outreach worker, Chris Ramsey, as he uncovers the depths of God’s love not only for the “most overlooked and ignored” folks in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood . . . but also for himself.
Ramsey welcomes the reader into his world through a wide variety of short, poignant observations amassed over 25 years. What he discovers will undoubtedly challenge you to examine your own views regarding the poor and the homeless of our 21st century American society.
Chris Ramsey’s Blog
THE LEAST AT CORNERSTONE
A few weeks back and before all of the pandemic craziness, we were blessed to have some brothers and sisters from the Assyrian Church of the East in Glenview, IL visit us at Cornerstone once again. These kind folks are simply “super” with their generosity and their servant’s heart in coming to serve our clients at Cornerstone. (See the blog , Sept. 6, 2017)
When they come they bring, prepare, and serve all the food for our 2 lunch crowds. And they do not skimp on anything! Hamburgers and hot dogs with “mucho” trimmings, and loads of golden-brown French fries.
And here’s Adnan David, their leader, telling you how they attempt to approach their service to others.
Now if only more of us “Christians” could serve with a heart like that.
You just never know what might happen. Thanks for stopping by . Chris
YOU’RE NOT ALONE.
I believe this poem does a worthy job at describing that feeling of worthlessness and how a person might respond to it.
Did you know Jesus the Christ understands what it feels like to be thought of as a “nothing”?
He, also, was viewed as a “nobody” by many of the people of his day.
“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3, NIV)
And sadly, I believe that this would still happen today.
If the real Jesus of 2,000 years ago came walking down the street, I am certain that most people would look down on him.
Yet there is a major difference for us today. It is the fact that Jesus (the one that was also viewed as a nothing), has now become our “chief advocate” when we are tempted to view ourselves as nothing. He can relate. In fact, he is able “to sympathize with our weaknesses….” which includes viewing ourselves as nothing. (Hebrews 4:15)
So when you want to feel like “something” or “somebody”, when you feel like “nothing” or “nobody”, just approach Jesus, and tell him exactly how you feel.
How do you think he will respond? Would he tell you how wonderful a creation you are-how much he cares about you? Perhaps he would say, “Who are you, to call yourself “nothing?”…because I sure didn’t.”
Thanks for stopping by, Chris.