In follow on from writing about what my bosses are doing through Operation Christmas Child, I heard another story this week of love in action. I had one of those “Aha! Yes, that’s it!” moments when hearing the story, seeing how easy it is to make a very big difference in the life of another. It is too inspiring not to share with you.
A friend of my mother’s told of how she gives to those she comes across who are in need. Her son is a skater and is often found down at the local skate park. There he has met a range of people and a few of them are in great need. My mother’s friend heard some of the boys’ stories through her son. One of the regular skaters has one parent in prison and the other is an alcoholic; he is alone in the world.
It is easy to hear such stories and say “what a shame” or “that poor boy”. Not this lady! She was moved to action.
“Is not this the fast that I choose: . . . Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” (Isaiah 58:6-7)
The boy, who is without parent figures in his life to mentor him, has now been taken shopping by her on several occasions where she bought him new shoes, clothes and food. She also occasionally has him over to stay the night. Through these small actions he is learning of the love, protection and care that a parent ought to give.
He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14)
What a wonderful example of practically loving those in need and offering a mother’s love to one without. This example is such a small act of kindness, yet it will have a lasting impact on that young man’s life.
We run into young people who are in need every day. It is not only orphans who are without ‘parents’. Can you stop to help one of them?
You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. (Exodus 22:22)
Older women likewise are to be … They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women … Likewise, urge the younger men … (Titus 2:3-6)