A Mission Came to the Table

Thursday, March 6

3-6By Lillian Kirby of Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

—Luke 1:78–79

As we approached the door of a restaurant to eat a late lunch, an emotionally distraught man approached. Dressed in dirty clothes, unshaven, with long, unkempt hair, he asked if we knew where he could find work. We paused to listen.

He had hit rock bottom and was living under a bridge. His story was sad—his wife died of cancer, he lost his job and home. His adult children disowned him, and he had given up on God years earlier.

Should we believe him? Is he telling the truth? We chose not to judge. We invited him to join us at the table. We had just come from a Lenten service at the Temple. We came away from that experience filled with the Holy Spirit and a strong reflection on the 40 days leading up to Christ’s death on the cross. We were challenged to see new ways of celebrating our commitment to Christ. God was charging us to step into new areas of ministry.

We shouldn’t have been surprised when a new opportunity for ministry presented itself in the form of this homeless man. We listened to his story and tried to affirm the road ahead. During our discussion he decided he would try to go back to his hometown, where he had family. We told him God never had stopped loving him, and there is a healthy, peaceful life in the world for him to find. We encouraged him to take charge of his life and make responsible decisions.

Tears of joy appeared on his face. We joined hands in prayer, and he went on his way with hope where there once was despair. We sat for a while, unable to eat, pondering God’s goodness. A mission of compassion came to our table.

Prayer for Peace
Dawn upon us as the Light you are, O God. Guide our feet home to peace.

Spiritual Practice: Light
Close your eyes, and become centered with your breath. Reflect on the statement: “The light of God is in all things,” as you breathe gently in and out. The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light, and it lives in you.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will walk on the path where I see your light.

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  1. Tammy Patterson

     /  6 March 2014

    Very uplifting story and testament to how we lose our “self” by lifting up our brothers and sisters and letting them really feel Gods love.


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