By: Emma Johnson – Director of Madison County
You bravely love single mothers who are lonely, who fill the void in their souls birthing children with a shadow of a man. You love these lonely moms and sometimes dads who have been robbed of receiving unconditional love as a child, and fiercely fight to protect their children from experiencing the same lonely road. You pour yourselves out for them; sacrificing your time, your energy, even your finances to help them – to give them a fighting chance in the world. You take risks to love children that don’t belong to you. You walk right up to the edge of a storm you don’t have to be in, and stay there because there is something precious you want to protect. You get in your car and drive places to pick up and drop off children you would never dare to go otherwise. You take a meal to a mom who has just had another baby, because she has no mom to dote on her, no friends to throw her a shower and no family to bring her meals. Sometimes their gratitude towards you is so extreme, so surprising, you feel like Jesus did when the Harlot poured perfume on his feet, and you thank God for His invisible hand at work.
Other times, you shake your head in despair because you wonder if your investment has made any real impact at all. This type of service, to love the least of these through Biblical hospitality, is daring and sacrificial. You may look crazy to your friends – toting around a different child each time they see you, or walking through the park with a parent that doesn’t look like she goes to your church – but you don’t care. You know your efforts are eternal and your sacrifice it is an echo of the type of love Jesus came to show us…came to show you.
What possesses us to engage in such emotionally and sometimes physically risky work? Shouldn’t we leave this type of stuff to the professionals? Haven’t we figure out a way to help these people with our tax-dollars by now? If this quote resonates with you, read on.
Could it be, the fact that we know, without a shadow of a doubt we would be nowhere ourselves, without the saving Grace we have received from above? And could it be, that we extend this undeserved Grace to others in this daring and sacrificial work because it feels so much better to be giving back what we have received, instead of sitting on it like it’s something that we earned?
Yes, it could be. Brave faith in action is possible.
When we find ourselves in those moments of frustration where we question if it is worth bending over backwards to help someone, or wonder if our investment is making a difference, we stop to think of the great sacrifices God has made throughout time to relate to humanity. He too, has bent over backwards to help us. He didn’t just try to reach us once and then give up, and nor should we. Following the example of God, we find our purpose in loving those single moms with no husbands and those kids who were destined to go down the same path. We position ourselves to be a force to reckon with in their lives, to love those who don’t know what love is, and to serve the least of these like Jesus did, and like our God has served humankind.
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“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’ And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’” Matthew 25: 37-39