“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John [10:10]
Have you ever been robbed? Do you know of someone who’s been robbed?
If this has happened to you, or if this has happened to one of your loved ones, you know and understand the intense feelings of violation. I’m so sorry that you’ve had to experience that level of pain!
In our community, we wrestle with the reality of lacking or want. Some people and families don’t have even the most basic of worldly possessions. Therefore, stealing has become a familiar reality. This is tragic on so many levels!
Imagine not having enough food to feed your children? This is a reality for many. This is how taking something that doesn’t belong to you can easily become a normal way of life.
Consider this for a moment: What if all you ever saw growing up was stealing?
We have seen kids become thieves because they’re hungry! They just follow the model of pain, hopelessness and hurt they have seen played out before their eyes.
This is not the life that Jesus has in mind for His people! While the enemy seeks to steal and murder, Jesus desires that His people would find everything they need in Him. How can this happen practically? When God’s people come together to provide for the needs of others and to serve one another! We all witnessed this at Woodside during Hope Week and Summer Serve. God’s people came together to help those in need throughout Metro Detroit.
As a church, may we be mindful of these needs all year long.
Almighty God, help me to use my time, my talents, and any treasure that I might have to be a blessing to others. Amen
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