For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
God never ceases to amaze me.
It was a typical Tuesday morning as I drove to the office. Except for two things. The weather was pretty bad with a mixture of snow and freezing rain. As I turned into the driveway there was a young man sitting in front of the door. It was obvious that he was in need and probably homeless.
I parked the car and went up to him. He apologized for sitting in the breezeway but wanted to get out of the bad weather. I brought him into the building for warmth and talked with him. Asking what he needed, all he wanted was water.
Fortunately, we have bottles of water available, as well as food from the Shepherd’s Pantry. I was able to give him some things he could take with him. But that is not all.
Somebody donated a hooded jacket. Now when that donation arrived, I was not, shall we say, thrilled because we are not set up for a clothing ministry. But I put it to the side to figure out later on. Tuesday was that “later on” as this young man needed it. He also needed some gloves, so I grabbed what I had in my car for him.
Before you ask, I did offer to call some shelters and agencies for him, but he declined. After some time to warm up and use our facilities, this young man headed out towards his destination – going with our prayers.
We continue to minister to our community. Maybe not the way we want, maybe not according to anyone’s expectations, but God has created good works for us – and we respond.