Sharing the Love

Snow flurries flew now and then during Sunday’s Bronco game-the ski areas love that on national television. By the time the Broncos got ahead of the Dolphins in the 4th quarter, Brad and I were meeting up with a couple dozen youth and adult leaders at Bryan Smith’s house in Highlands Ranch. Bryan is the youth ministry pastor at Church at the Ranch that God’s Grace youth groups have teamed up with this fall. On this evening we’re heading to the Mineral Light Rail station and downtown to the 16th Street mall to distribute hygiene packages we put together last Sunday. It’s a chance to put our faith into action; be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Before we knew it, the group was off the light rail and on the sidewalk at 16th and California for a few last minute instructions/precautions from Pastor Dave and Bryan. We broke into smaller groups and split up, heading east or west in the chilly night air; all probably at least a little apprehensive about what we were about to do--step out in faith and take a risk for the love of Jesus!

There was no shortage of revelers celebrating a come-from-behind, hard- fought Broncos’ win. I have to admit that it took me a couple minutes of conscious effort before I could look beyond the easily visible and noisy “common” crowd, and shift my attention to the much less visible, silent “uncommon” folks. They were moving slowly, if at all; often leaning against buildings inconspicuously in the shadows, or laying at the foot of walls, covered with blankets or heavy clothing.

It was really Nate that helped me make that shift; I noticed him watching a young man slowly and deliberately looking into a trash receptacle. I could see that he’d already decided to give the man one of the bags, so we went together and spoke to him. Once the man realized what was in the bag and that it was offered to him, he thanked us and asked us why we were doing this. We told him we were simply spreading the love of Jesus. He was especially happy to have new gloves, because he only had one before. He opened the water and drank. He put on the stocking cap and gloves, and smiled.

That man was the first of many men and women we shared Jesus’ love with. Some we prayed for, some asked that we keep them in our prayers; all were a blessing to us, and we were a blessing to them. Later, back at Bryan’s house, several youth shared similar stories of praying for people, or having people pray for them. Together, we probably gave 70 or 80 bags to people that we had met; just simple things: toothbrushes and toothpaste, hand cream and lip balm, bottled water, granola bars, socks, gloves, and caps. Little things that meant a lot because we gave them in the name of Jesus, who told the people “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Father God, we thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit, for it is through the power of the Spirit in our lives that we find the courage to share the love of your Son, Jesus our Savior, the light of the world. Help us to bring light where there is darkness through simple acts of kindness every day. Amen.

Steve Koerwitz

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Thanks Steve

Fri, November 28, 2014 @ 9:01 AM

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