Posted by on 15 May 2014 | 307 Comments

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The week has been spent packing, planning, and finally driving from Nova Scotia Canada to New York City in a van with three other adults and six young adults (some would call them teens).  We've come to New York to share the love of Jesus, and to be stretched in the process.

The miracle in all of this is that - taken outside of the walls of the organized church - sharing the love of Jesus is really pretty simple.  Jesus said, when "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me....  Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Could it really be that easy?  Well, today it was. 

We found ourselves in the Bronx, trying to find shelter from the rain while we willingly fed the poor.  But the real joy was found in the community that unfolded around the breaking of bread.  Truly, this was not so much about what 'we' did for 'them'.  In fact, to quote U2's song "Invisible", today there was 'no them'.  And no 'we'.  There was only 'us'!  And it was truly holy.  We ate together.  We shared together.  We bore burdens.  We prayed, and we were prayed for.

We sang.  And yes, we danced in the streets of the Bronx, and the true joy was that Jesus was in our midst, dancing, and singing and sharing the love of God through His servants.

So often our service is viewed as sacrifice.  Labour.  A chore.  But this sevice, in the Kingdom of God was nothing but a blessing.  We gave only what we have received from the Lord.  And in sharing His love, we have been the recipients of great blessing.  Today was so easy.  I sometimes wonder how we have come to make so difficult, the loving of others in obedience to Jesus Christ.

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30)

 

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