Monthly Archives: February 2019

22 Feb 2019

MEET KELLY: A HUMAN BEING!

By |2019-02-22T13:38:38-05:00February 22nd, 2019|Everyday People|0 Comments

WOULD YOU SAY A PRAYER FOR HER?  

I was walking along State St. when I ran into Kelly, a homeless woman, sitting on the sidewalk holding her sign asking for help. I stopped for a minute, and asked her how things were going, how people were treating her.

“Oh, it’s OK,”  she said. “I mean, it’s not like I’m some sort of monster, I’m just a human being who’s having a tough time right now.”

Kelly then went on to tell me that she used to be a medical billing assistant, and that she’d been married, and had her own home. But then in 2016, her husband passed away, and her life started spiraling downwards. Soon after, she couldn’t afford to stay in her home, so she started renting a room.

And then she went into such a deep depression that she couldn’t even keep a “room” over her head.  And then she told me that she was in and out of hospitals for a couple of years.

But now, right now, she was sitting on the State St. sidewalk in downtown Chicago, asking for a little mercy, a little charity, to help her make it through another day. She was hoping to get enough for a room or at least enough to eat, and ride the train all night.

“Do you believe in God?” I asked.

“Oh, yes,” she said. “I do pray, and it seems like God is the only person that I have right now.”
Kelly then gave me permission to pray for her. Now I’m asking you to say a prayer for Kelly.

And then I would ask you and myself to keep on praying for, and caring for the Kelly’s of our inner cities across America.

Thanks for stopping by.

Chris        .
11 Feb 2019

MEET NORVILLE: HE’S A PEOPLE PERSON

By |2019-02-22T13:38:47-05:00February 11th, 2019|Everyday People|0 Comments

AND HE’S A BLESSING TO SO MANY… INCLUDING ME!

Here’s my friend, Norville.  Every now and then we meet in the Aldi’s parking lot.  He’s busy waiting to return the shopping carts that folks have just used to unload their groceries into their cars.  But he’s also happy to assist anyone who would like a little help unloading.

So on this day, Feb. 6, I’d just finished shopping for our shelter–Cornerstone Community Outreach, and I’m pushing my fully loaded cart to my van when I run into Norville.  He’s quick to tell me that he’ll be right over to help me unload my cart as soon as he returns a few carts to their corrals, where he will receive a quarter for each cart.

When he arrives at our van we jump into a quick conversation.  “So you really like helping people, don’t you?” I ask

“Oh, yeah, I really like meeting people,” he says.  “I’m a people person.  And I just enjoy encouraging them,” he says.  “You know, there’s just a lot of good  people in this world.”

“Yeah, that’s true,” I say.

“I mean, I’ve met so many good people right here in the parking lot,” he says. ” I’m talking about so many folks that you wouldn’t expect to have an outstanding point of view and an understanding mentality. And they end up encouraging me.”

“Wow, that’s really nice, isn’t it?” I respond.

“Well you know, Chris, that’s what it’s all about, “he replies. “We just need to be encouraging each other each and every day.  I just figure that if I can’t encourage someone, then what am I good for?”

Norville finishes up helping me load our van, and we bid each other a good day. And I discover a little more about Jesus and how he works… right in the Aldi’s parking lot of Uptown, Chicago.  I’m just thankful for all the “Norvilles” in my life… because I can always use a little encouragement.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Chris

1 Feb 2019

Jesus is Not Ashamed of the Least!

By |2019-01-29T13:28:58-05:00February 1st, 2019|General|0 Comments

How about you? How about me?

How many of us “regular” folks know that our Lord and Savior is not ashamed of many of the most “needy or lowly” folks that we encounter in our day-to-day lives? Indeed, he loves them so much that he wasn’t too proud to even become like them.

You see, God in his wisdom believed that the very author of their salvation (Jesus) had to be made perfect through suffering. (Hebrews 2:10) And so, Jesus did not refuse to come down to their level, and to live his life amongst them, and to truly experience what “the least” feel each and every day.

So we see that this Jesus and the least (which is really all of us!) have a lot in common. It seems that they were sort of made for each other. It seems that God has always desired to make a way for anyone who wants to be “friends” with him. And that way was through Jesus.

Still, I think we need a deeper revelation of why it had to be this way. I think we all could use an “extra dose” of heartfelt recognition of just how fantastic and amazing and caring and loving and humbling are all of God’s ways.

Jesus was willing to become lowly and humble and obedient unto death-—and death on a cross for all of our sins. And why was this necessary? It was to free all those who desired to be free from not only the fear of, but the power of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

Whoa! So for our God to rescue us he felt that he needed Jesus to be “made like his brothers in every way.” (Hebrews 2:17) God wanted to show his “great love” for humanity . . . and he wanted everyone to make no mistake about who he was (and is!) and how much he was willing to suffer for our sins, and for our sakes.

But you ask, how does this look? “Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” (Hebrews 2:11) And I don’t believe that Jesus will be ashamed of anyone who calls themselves a follower of him and his teachings who is doing something for his brother and sister in need. (Matthew 25:34-40)

And that brings us to the question, “Are we ashamed of the least?” I mean, do we really care about the least “human beings” that come across our path, or our TV or computer screens?

But maybe to help us grasp this concept of being “ashamed” we need to list a few words that carry the connotation of how we “regular folks” might more accurately label our feelings and attitudes towards the least of our society and our world. And these words are: distraught, embarrassed, guilty, hesitant, or mortified.

And I have to confess that these words do describe me and my reactions to the least many times. How about you?

I guess I have a lot more to learn from Jesus. How about you?

Thanks for stopping by. And remember we’re all on this journey of discovery regarding our God and ourselves together. It’s more than obvious that we need each other.

Chris.