The Lord is my shelter. He is my fortress.
As the season of winter gradually approaches and temperatures begin to drop. Consider those less fortunate who are homeless, who have no physical shelter from the extreme weather or elements. When they are cold and freezing, who or what can they turn to for warmth? They may pray to God for shelter, but how will those prayers be answered?
God answers prayers by inspiring those with open hearts and open awareness to act when the needs of others demand attention. God uses the compassionate among us to do His work. God calls on the good in us to help our neighbors be they elderly, homeless, disabled, in difficult situations, or struggling. Why would Jesus stress the importance of “loving thy neighbor” unless it was the greatest calling we could answer?
In a previous post, I mentioned the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Well… what good is a gift if you aren’t using it as intended or sharing it with others? As temperatures drop and people struggle to pay heating bills or as homeless look for shelter from the cold, remember your gifts of the Holy Spirit and remember your blessings and have the courage of heart to share your blessings and gifts with those less fortunate. It is not just the Christian thing to do, but the right thing to do. If it means providing a hot meal… a cup of hot chocolate or coffee… passing on the phone number to a local homeless shelter… or directing someone in need to some other resource for financial assistance– take that opportunity.