"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
“He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none.” (Luke 3:11)
Challenge: Clothe the naked
Jesus calls us to act, not to simply talk about it. Act on this, truly clothe the naked.
I have been blessed to be a part of a mission team in Haiti. Our mission team has helped many, we have built homes, fed the hungry, visited the sick, visited prisoners, gave drink to the thirsty and yes we clothed the naked.
I will never forget this one little boy. He would visit the Rectory daily. One day he jumped up in my lap and hugged me. He continued to sit in my lap and wouldn't let my arms stop hugging him. If I reached for another child, he would grab my hand and wrap it around his belly. It was amazing as we sat together surrounded by love. God's love. We didn't speak the same language but this language was universal.
A few minutes later, he pulled his shoes off. I looked down at his feet. He was wearing shoes that were too small for his little feet. I saw blisters all over his feet. My heart was broken. I have a closet full of shoes. Some shoes I haven't worn in years and here was this little boy who needed shoes.
After he left for the evening, I gave the priest of the community some extra money. I asked him to buy that little boy shoes, and to buy shoes for anyone else who needs them. Just a little act of kindness and so easy to do. We are so blessed to be living in such an amazing country and to have what we need. So, generous followers of Jesus, do just that. Clothe the naked!
Jesus says, " when we clothe the naked, we are clothing him." As we clothe the naked, we just may see the eyes of Jesus himself. As we help others, we are not only helping that person find comfort and dignity, but we ourselves will also be transformed by the grace of God in the process.
Open your eyes and pay attention. There is probably someone near you that needs your help. Do you have extra coats in the closet, donate those to a shelter. There is always a way to help. Pray and find your way to clothe the naked. The way that works for you.
Let us Pray,
Lord Jesus guide me, inspire me to share my possessions with others. Help me to understand and be compassionate to the children of God who need my help. Help me to see the beauty in everyone. Help me to see you Lord Jesus.
If you would like to donate to clothe the naked, my mission team will be returning to Haiti Dec 27th. Please click here to donate:
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen