2 Samuel 22: 2B-7
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.4 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. 5 “For the waves of death encompassed me, the torrents of destruction assailed me;6 the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. 7 “In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I called. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry came to his ears. 17 “He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. 18 He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. 19 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
A couple of weeks ago two of my friends and I headed to Bethlehem Pa. to attend an outreach to the community seminar at the Moravian Theological Seminary. We were planning to stay overnight but there was no room in the innJ. During the seminar many things were offered for us to think about (including one of my favorites, lunch), the moment with the most impact,for me, was when the leader of the seminar was discussing missions within our communities, she stated: “Do you feel like you are constantly pulling people from the river (The river of addiction, despair, abuse, financial distress, constant crisis’s of losing one’s place to live, ones will to live, one’s inability to see beyond the day’s challenges), she challenged us that while we are pulling these people from the river, let’s send someone up stream to see where and why they are jumping in. In other words we can be a blessing of providing food, clothing and temporary housing: in essence giving a person a fish for the day; but are we teaching anyone how to fish, we need to provide the fish, yes, but she challenged us to furnish the reel and the rod, the bait and the bobbers and the education of where fish hang out and what time of day they are most likely to be caught.
As we approach summer, we encourage everyone to continue to be a presence in the community, to be present at the food drops and at Second Street and Hope, to be present as we provide VBS to our communities and at Lucas Village, but we also challenge you to look a little further upstream to see how and why the system might be breaking down, whether a school system that cannot provide tutoring to that student who is on the edge, whether a family that has never been taught financial strategies and the benefits of making a budget, or getting educated on the systems at our state and county levels, so we can offer the most help for families and individuals not just to get back on their feet for a day, but actually enabling them to start to walk toward a more wholesome existence. What talents has God blessed you with that you may be a blessing to others? Are you using that talent to further God’s kingdom?
Let this be our prayer this summer, to ask God to open our eyes so we may see how we can be a blessing to our community and teach people to fish.
Pastor Scott and Pastor Jenny
Keep in your prayers:
Those who are grieving
Those recovering from surgery
The missing girls from Nigeria
Those who suffer from addictions