"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38
This past Saturday, May 22nd, New Hope Church in Canton, MI held another drive to benefit the ministries of Grace Centers of Hope. Grace Centers is the largest homeless shelter in Oakland County, and houses nearly 300 men, women and children who are looking for a fresh start. Among those who make it through the door are the addicted, the abused, and those who have nowhere else to go. Everyone who makes it into this amazing place find much more than a meal and a bed. They find a chance for a new life, which is the crux of Christian teachings.
The items gathered on Saturday will find their way to Grace Centers of Hope's retail outlets where they will be sold for funds that will help to operate the shelter. Nothing is wasted by this incredible ministry. It was a great sense of pride for New Hope Church that the gracious and giving members managed to fill a 16 foot truck twice in a single day. Everything from furniture to bicycles, to books and clothes will be used to save and rebuild lives. (For more information on the shelter, you can call them at 248-334-2187).
The sad part of this story is that it is one of many good things happening around the city of Detroit that will never make the mainstream news. In fact, one local broadcast last night managed to air five separate stories of people dying in the first five minutes of the program. The amazing thing is that there was a commercial break within that same time frame. Five deaths, and a commercial break, in five minutes. That has become a dismal reality for those who still manage to tune in to the nightly news.
Friends, there is good news out there. If you cannot find any, you can be a part of making some. It is in our giving that we are most blessed, as the verse in Luke indicates. It may not garner material gains or stature, but something much better will come. We will find the kind of peace that is so deficit in the world around us. Many have learned that acquiring wealth and possessions never brings the kind of joy that meeting the needs of someone else gives us. It is outside of ourselves that joy is often waiting. The more we focus invwardly, the less we will see the miracles all around us.
Be blessed this week as we prepare for a Memorial Day weekend. It is good to take time to celebrate and relax together. There will be an article on Friday about some ideas for this extended weekend. So, tune in again later this week as we continue in this great gift called life. Until then, God bless and keep reading.