At church today a group was telling us about their experience in India and how blessed they were to have been a blessing. The reaction of the leprous community to touch and respect was heart-moving. The contact with an outsider, meant SO much to them. The man went on to say that even if we can not all travel around the world, there are ‘lepers’ all over our communities, you know the unlovelies… and it got me to thinking.
How many times have I passed by the harried mother that was just screaming at her child because she is so frustrated with her situation, without taking the moment to encourage her? How many children have crossed my path that I have hurried along as they try to talk with me, because I need to be somewhere?
Just recently outside a restaurant a man asked for change and being in a society where a debit card is always used, I truly didn’t have any. Also even if I did I would have hesitated pulling open my purse with a stranger in the dark at ten o clock at night. I went in with my friend to the restaurant and we had a meal. It wasn’t until laying down to sleep that the thought struck me, I NEED TO KEEP MY MIND and HEART OPEN to opportunities… I could have said, “no I have no change, but are you hungry or thirsty, come and sit with us at the table.” THAT would have taken nothing from me truly, and I would have gained SO much.
There are people in our communities all around us, that we could be giving them the only opportunity of light, and joy that they will see for a LONG time. If I pass them by, how many other people walk on by too?
I can feel completely alone in my community of family, friends, and co workers, how much so would a person that is truly alone? We see them every day; in the grocery store, holding a sign on the corner, at the library, or laying in the grass at the park.
I see how quickly it all can fade away, how quickly people come and go in our lives and our situations can change in an instant. This has happened in my own life, we were set up pretty good and then went from much to little, how broken one could become when they didn’t have much to begin with and then lose all that they had? They need us, they need encouragement, joy, and someone to CARE.
Challenge this day my friend: Be aware of the needs around us, both emotional and physical. Can we pay that grocery tab of the single woman in line in front of us? Can we grab the cart and return it for the weary? Can we smile and give a bless you with eye contact and wave rather than walk by with our eyes to the ground? Maybe, handing out water to the sign holder and a protein bar is an option.
It is time to reach out to the Lepers. They are precious in His sight!
Matthew 35: 37-40
“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 invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
11 Replies to “Lepers are everywhere”
Thank you, I needed what you said here.
I did too 🙂 I pray you have many that pour into you as you are a vessel and pour into others.
Thank you, Shaey. You know, He said that the one who believes in Him, out of his belly shall flow living waters. Everything is Him. He leads us where He wants us to be, to touch others with His perfect love, and teaches us how to do this, and gives us His Spirit so that we have the genuine emotion and caring to share – it’s His life in us. I know you know all of this. Bless you!
It is such a GOOD reminder and testimony though 😉 And it is a learning process at times for me to know how to listen to the Holy Spirit, but I completely agree !
Helping others will offer one self-fulfillment, self-satisfaction, and a healthier life. But, opening your purse late at night would definitely not be a good idea. You sure used clear and great judgement, even when your heart wanted to help. Always keep your safety first.
SO true 🙂 There is definitely a place for wisdom!
Very nice. Thank you for reminding us.
Thank you for stopping in and sharing!
May you be blessed and encouraged greatly~
What a wonderful reminder! There was a time I was presented with the opportunity to help a homeless woman but I didn’t have any money on me either. I felt so bad and kind of thought about it for a day or two. I really wanted to help but didn’t know what I could do since I didn’t have any money with me other than my debit card. But I decided to handle the situation differently next time 🙂 Awesome post. Now I am a follower 🙂
Thank you for stopping in and the reply !
I find that just carrying a (soft) protein type bar or something light like that can help in those situations too. That way you can be kind and a light without any ‘risk’. Or maybe carrying an extra bottle of water, or a pair of socks ect…
Blessings to you ~ And thanks so much for the follow 🙂
You know, that is an excellent idea!!! I will definitely start carrying something like water or some type of snack that I will be able to give away in those situations. Thanks for the idea 🙂