Standing Up

“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for Justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” Proverbs 31:8-9 MSG

That’s what we try to do at Serenity Corner.  In times like these with Covid-19 causing sickness, fear, selfishness, economic troubles, separation, and a number of other problems, it’s hard to keep focused on the calling of our Lord for others.  And yet it is in times like these that The Lord is calling out the called. 

Over the last several weeks we have continued to distribute food bags, feed those that come by during the week, make water available, offer our time and other resources to our Brothers and Sisters on the street.  During this time we have met four new homeless men who have joined our ranks. 

On Wednesday evenings we are suspending our Devotional time and on Friday evenings we are doing that for The Circle.  We do believe that while these gatherings are important they are not the most essential thing we do.  Feeding and providing is higher on the list because it reveals The Kingdom of Heaven in a very Real way.  In Matthew 25 Jesus said, “If you do this to the least of these, you are doing it to Me.”

Plus it’s more than feeding, it’s embracing those on the street with dignity and worth. We learn names. We learn likes and dislikes.  We honor them with friendship and value and they return the same to us.  We receive as we give. It’s not where we stand on issues that set us apart it is who we stand with.

A chicken and a pig were walking together down a dirt road when they came up on a disheveled hungry homeless man.

The chicken and pig looked at the man with pity and the chicken said, “We should help this man in his trouble.”

The pig replied, “That’s easy for you to say. For you it’s a contribution. For me it’s a sacrifice.”

The One who accepted all of us, forgave all of us, gave the Greatest Sacrifice of all.  During this time of trouble let us remember it is also the Season of Sacrifice. 

Even in whatever pressures we may be under, think of those we know who have little or nothing and are struggling even harder now. I own several pairs of shoes, and a number of shirts and slacks. I have food in the pantry for longer than today. I have a car in the driveway and still can watch TV, sit in a heated and air conditioned house, and sleep in a warm bed. I have electricity and water.  I have more than I need and I have friends who wear everything they own every day, who sleep in the cold, the wet and the uncomfortable and don’t know what they will be able to eat tomorrow.

We will continue to stand up for the poor and the destitute.

About

Don is the pastor of Serenity Corner. He has been married for 38 years to Elaine Ledbetter, is the father of six children, grandfather to 17 grandchildren, close friend of a few, friendly to most, and tolerant toward a couple of old sore heads. Received an acceptable education from Carson Newman College and University of Tennessee Knoxville. The most memorable education has been from making mistakes.