Wednesday June 18 2014


Scripture: Romans 1:28-2:11
Key verse Romans 2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.

Reflection: We are only on our third day of our High School mission trip to Washington DC, and we have served in 5 different facilities for the homeless. We directly served over 1,500 meals, bagged over 500 meals that will be delivered to those with medical issues, and prepared food for over 5,000 for today.  We walked through the park last night on our way to see the White House and gave out back-packs full of water and peanut butter sandwiches to people who had found a place to rest for the night on the street.

We were asked this question by a homeless man: “What are the hard words that we use to describe and understand the homeless?”  Pushed to use the words that we have heard over the years, the youth shared: lazy, selfish, dirty, rude, unemployed, addicted, depressed, smelly, greedy and entitled. Then he asked if we knew people in our families that could be described by those same words. Yes, I do! Do you?

Judgment is easy. We do it every day.  We are all bound together in our common humanity, and as people of Christ we are called to live in love, not judgment.

That same homeless man asked me if he would meet Jesus in my group, or would the youth of Myers Park Presbyterian Church just tell him about Jesus. I hope it would be both. Occasionally, we might not do either.

Prayer: God, may all I do be done in love. Amen.

Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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