We are not service provider and service recipient. No daylight to separate us- just ‘us.’
Exactly what God had in mind.
Often we strike the high moral distance that separates ‘us’ from ‘them,’ and yet it is God’s dream come true when we recognize that there exists no daylight between us. Serving others is good. Its a start. But its just the hallway to the Grand Ballroom.
Kinship- not serving the other, but being one with the other. Jesus was not ‘a man for others’; he was one with them. There is a world of difference in that.”
This excerpt from “Tattoos on the Heart” is an incredible illustration of the life our volunteers and staff live with the youth we serve every week. We’ve got volunteers and people from the community doing far more than serving up hot meals and facilitating laundry and showers. We have volunteers who not only go into a world of kids, but invite those very kids into their worlds. Going to church, giving them places to call home, showing up at the hospital for everything from emergencies to new babies. Inviting them into their families, offering a listening ear and a great meal at a local restaurant or coffee shop. Showing up at graduations and performances. Our Hosea community is living out kinship. It is the Gospel, and the power of those relationships with each other and with Jesus is changing lives!!
“Jesus was not ‘a man for others’; he was one with them. There is a world of difference in that.