Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Welcome to Day 268 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Ezra 2:1, “Now these are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles.”
65 “The whole company numbered 42,360, 65 besides their 7,337 menservants and maidservants; and they also had 200 men and women singers. 66 They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 67 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.”
Ezra 3:11b, “And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. 13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.”
Luke 8:10, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you.”
19 “Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. 20 Someone told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.’ 21 He replied, ‘My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.'”
25 “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
It’s amazing how people can see the same event differently. At the laying of the foundation for the new temple, some wept out of sadness, others wept tears of joy… Age and perspective?
Most days it’s hard for me to pick just ONE point that jumped out at me. Especially in Luke… (See above.)
But what really stood out to me was how differently people responded to the laying of the foundation for the new temple.
I’m sure those who were older, having the benefit of remembering how things “used to be” saw how far Israel had fallen… Whereas the younger ones, who perhaps were raised in exile in Babylon were just excited to be free and able to establish worship again.
No matter what we do in life, people will always have their own perspective on things. We all process events, even words, through our own grid of experience and understanding… and brokenness.
Even with feeding 1,000 households every month, there are those who think we should feed every family that walks through the doors of our pantry. It’s just not possible. (Our Beavercreek pantry is for anyone who lives in Greene County, OH and some bordering zip codes in Montgomery County.) The early Apostles had the same issues with the distribution of food to their widows… See Acts 6.
I know this, we can’t feed everyone, but we try really hard, and do the best we can. No matter what we do, we will always be outnumbered by the poor. Jesus said, “You will always have the poor with you.” And it’s not just “the poor.” It’s hardworking families just trying to make ends meet. The need is huge these days…
We have a pretty good system of referrals, but people hear that we have good food and nice, helpful people at our pantry. It’s how we treat people that matters…
Even more than what’s in the bag.
Thank you for your generosity in our lives… for your provision! I thank you that I get to see you multiply food day after day after day!