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S.O.S.

In college, I participated in a ministry called Save Our Streets (S.O.S.). Every Saturday morning we caught a train into the heart of Chicago, walked up the steps from Millennium Station, and spent the day in the surrounding neighborhoods. Carrying backpacks full of food, clothes, hats, gloves, soap, and drinks, our purpose was not to dispense charity but to share our blessings. We found people with tin cups, cardboard signs, raggedy clothes; people sleeping in alleys or along the river walk; people who were barely making it. We offered them the things we had brought as well as our time and conversation. We introduced ourselves and asked about their lives, we offered prayers, and sometimes we took people out for a meal or coffee. We were making friends.

—Levi Himes, 22

 

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord.
Proverbs 19:17a (NIV)

REFLECT: My church uses the phrase tangible grace to describe loving one another in ways specific to each person’s need. I’ve sent an anonymous gift card to a family struggling with unemployment, and I’ve treated friends to meals when they couldn’t afford to eat out with the group. Can you cook a meal for someone who is ill? offer a ride to a friend who walks home from school in the cold? babysit your neighbor’s children so she can go to a job interview? offer to study with a classmate who is struggling in calculus? Seek ways to show God’s love through your actions.

—Kate Underwood

—from devozine (November/December 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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