There is a strong movement taking place in America. Churches are increasingly aware of the poor. There are more poor.
We are going to find ourselves challenged by his nature...interacting with people not of our culture. The church will want to encourage one another as long as it is called Today that we grow in hospitality to those who do not have the blessings we perceive ourselves to have.
There is a poor woman in our community who has begun to visit Memorial. When she sits at a table for class, most go to another table. Not until one or two brave souls draw to her, does the table fill. For most we certainly don't mind her being here....but we don't intend to interact.
Discouraged? Nope. Just pointing out what may be one of many new ways we will want to develop like Jesus. If we will address this, it could be that's all it takes for some as we simply tend to move about unconscious of following our most natural trail....friends.
Therefore, I encourage you to keep your eyes open for the strangers from our town. They are in great need of food. Many of them (as this woman) have no cars. They need help. One of the best gifts we can offer them first........is to notice their presence.
May we become more like Jesus with eyes for everyone in the room.