Bridge Folks: Hurting & Wondering
"People think I'm a bum. I'm not.
I lost my wallet. Been having a hard time these past few days and needed a meal. Haven't eaten in days.
I've never been in this situation before.
Pastor says 'Treat others like Jesus would'. And I do my best.
But why do people treat others so badly? Why do they treat me and my wife so badly?
I'm not going to do anything to you or nobody.
I'm just hungry and hoping to catch the bus for a job."
Matthew 25:42-44 (MSG)
42-43 I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’
44 “Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’ 45 “He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’"
We are not anything in Christ if we do not see the struggling, hurting or homeless as human beings underneath those labels. Full of flaws and issues, sure. But full of something we spend our whole lives searching for:
A glimmer of the eyes of God.